Pedestrian access now open to the tip of Cape Point

By on August 4, 2019

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

On August 1st, Cape Hatteras National Seashore made additional adjustments to beach access in the Cape Point area. Visitors can now walk along the east-facing beach all the way to the tip of Cape Point. The pedestrian-only access begins at approximately 0.61 miles south of Ramp 44. Drivers and passengers in ORVs can travel 0.61 miles south of Ramp 44, exit vehicles, and walk approximately 0.16 miles to the tip of Cape Point.

  • A protection buffer remains in place within the interior of Cape Point to protect multiple least tern chicks.
  • An adjustment to ORV beach access was also made the afternoon of August 1st. ORVs can now travel south of Ramp 44 and continue around the west-side of the least tern protection buffer to reach a portion of the south-facing beach, commonly referred to as “the hook” side of the point.
  • There is no through access between the south-facing beach and the tip of Cape Point due to the least tern protection buffer extending all the way to the water line.
  • Additional ORV and pedestrian access will be provided when possible.
  • Visitors should pay close attention to the signs located south of Ramp 44.
  • The adjustments that were made on the afternoon of August 1st are subject to change due to the mobility of least tern chicks. For updated beach access information, visit go.nps.gov/beachaccess.

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