Cape Hatteras National Seashore restores basic visitor services

By on January 12, 2019

 Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced today that restrooms at Whalebone Junction, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and next to the Ocracoke Visitor Center will reopen this weekend using revenue generated by recreation fees.

Trash will also be removed from trash cans in several visitor areas at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Visitors should visit the park website at while planning their visit to get the latest information on accessibility and available services.

National Park Service officials have determined that by using federal land and recreation enhancement funds to immediately bring back a small park maintenance crew to clean restrooms, and remove trash, the park will be able to improve accessibility to the park for visitors while ensuring health and safety. The funds come from  camping, park entrance and lighthouse climbing fees.

Outdoor areas of the park will remain accessible, but all other visitor facilities will remain closed.

While a few restrooms and trash services will be reopened and restored, other services are not available during the lapse in appropriations, including visitor centers, ranger talks and other programs.

The news comes as the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association gathered volunteers Saturday morning for an emergency clean up the Salvo Day Use Area amid the government shutdown.

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