National Park Service update

Manteo – Although the coastal flood warnings are suspended for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, many areas are still recovering from significant impacts from coastal erosion, ocean over-wash, and flooding from substantial rainfall over the past few days.  Tidal levels remain high in some areas but strong winds have subsided.  Some park areas, particularly off-road vehicle access ramps and routes, remain heavily impacted from flooding.  Park staff are actively assessing and evaluating facilities and public areas and re-opening visitor services as soon as possible.  Access to Ocracoke Island remains closed to visitors today; ferry service to and from the island is suspended for today.

Ocracoke Island remains in a state of emergency.  At this time, all ferry service remains suspended to the island but initial reopening is anticipated by Thursday, Oct.8,  for residents and vendors only.

Silver Lake Marina on Ocracoke Island remains closed.


The following Hatteras and Ocracoke Island visitor facilities and services remain impacted by storm conditions and will remain closed on Wednesday, Oct. 7:

Ocracoke, Frisco, and Cape Point remain closed until further notice.  The campground reservation system has been temporarily

NPS visitor centers at Ocracoke and Hatteras Island remain closed until further

Cape Hatteras Lighthouses remains closed to climbing.  Lighthouse Road leading to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton Village is closed due to flooding.

Off-Road vehicle ramps in the Seashore have begun to reopen as conditions allow.  On Ocracoke Island, Ramp 70 and Ramp 67 are open.  Ramps 59, 68, 72 remain closed. 

The Ocracoke and Buxton Off-Road Vehicle Permit offices remain closed today.

Several day-use areas on Bodie and Hatteras Island are open for public use and pedestrian access to the beach.  Restroom facilities at some sites may not be unavailable.  Day use areas that are open are Coquina, Salvo, Haulover, Frisco, and Sandy Bay.


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