Cape Point resource protection boundary changed

Published 1:37 pm Wednesday, July 31, 2019

As of Friday, July 26, Cape Hatteras National Seashore staffers have established a path at the southwest corner of the Cape Point protection boundary to provide pedestrian access to the south facing beach near the tip of Cape Point.

From the protection boundary to the south facing beach is about 500 feet. Once on the south facing beach, visitors can walk approximately four-tenths of a mile to the west and 250 feet to the east. Beach drivers can travel 0.61 miles south of Ramp 44.

The protection boundary was established May 6 to protect a colony of terns.

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The changed boundary was reported in Cape Chronicle, a weekly publication of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

In addition, the Cape Chronical reports that Pole Road, located near Ramp 55 on Hatteras Island, was fully opened to off-road vehicle traffic Thursday, July 25. A portion of the road was temporarily closed to protect Wilson’s plover chicks. During the temporary closure, a beach detour was available.

Starting Aug. 1, priority Off-Road Vehicle ramps open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. All other designated access ramps open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.

As of the afternoon of July 26, Cape Hatteras staffers have found 393 sea turtle nests.



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