Night driving restrictions in effect for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Published 7:46 am Thursday, May 5, 2022

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In the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, night driving restrictions on ocean beaches began Sunday, May 1 at 9 p.m. The restrictions are in place to help protect nesting sea turtles.

From May 1 through July 31, priority off-road vehicle (ORV) ramps close at 9 p.m. and reopen the following morning at 6 a.m. All other designated ocean-side ORV ramps close at 9 p.m. and reopen at 7 a.m. Priority ORV ramps are ramps 2, 4, 25, 27, 43, 44, 48, 49, 70 and 72.

While night driving restrictions are in place, visitors may still park vehicles in parking areas and walk on the beach at night.

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Soundside ramps, Inside Road and Pole Road do not have night driving restrictions.

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