Cape Point closed to ORVs for first time in nearly two years

By on May 20, 2018

 For the first time in nearly two years, off road vehicle access to the popular Cape Point area off Buxton has been closed to protect nesting shorebirds.

According to a post on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook page, the closure begins 0.7 miles south of Ramp 44, and is the first time the area has had an ORV restriction since July 28, 2016.

The closure comes during the peak of whats been a strong spring red drum bite at the most popular surf fishing spot on the East Coast and just as cobia were starting to appear in surf catches.

“Cape Hatteras National Seashore understands the tip of Cape Point is a very important area for visitors,” according to the post.

“While it is not possible to provide an exact date for when ORV access all the way to Cape Point will be restored, be assured that Seashore staff will actively monitor the nesting shorebirds daily in order to ensure appropriate protection buffers are maintained and to be able to reopen the area as soon as possible.”

Currently, there are over 26 miles in the seashore available for ORV use. Beach access updates are posted daily on the Seashore’s Facebookand Twitter pages.

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You have 26 miles, come on now children, it is ok to wait.


@Will…Birds do not nest in the tideline. Driving lanes should remain open. If the entire cape point was torn off by a hurricane, the birds are going to be just fine. When is the last time a truck ran over a bird nest in the middle of the beach. There is 100s of miles of beach that you cannot drive on. The birds can nest there. I hope the snakes and rats got the memo to not mess with those particular birds.


@PJM – Yes, the well being of our planet takes a front seat, for once. Money isn’t everything. Well, it shouldn’t be at least. And let’s be real, final impact will be very minimal, if at all. The entire Outer Banks remains open except for this small area. Heaven forbid someone can’t make a buck 24/7 off of every last inch of Earth. You treat our local wildlife like crap, eventually there is none. How much lost revenue will there be then?!


Again Birds come first! Bill Don’t forget about the wild foxes, GOOD hunting predators, The sooner the better,feast on! Oh and by the way don’t forget about the businesses that will be affected. lot’s of lost revenue.

Windy Bill

At Last! A perfect use for coyotes!