National Park Service (NPS)

New off-road vehicle environmental assessment plan open for comments

Island artist Mary Bassell captures many island vistas with her pastels. This one is the major beach access South Point Road.

Island artist Mary Bassell captures many island vistas with her pastels. This one is the major beach access South Point Road.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore will hold public comment meetings to consider changes to the ORV special regulation (final rule) relating to morning opening of beaches, extending the length of fall and spring seasonal ORV routes and modifying the size and location of vehicle-free areas.

Released yesterday, (Feb. 17) this environmental assessment (EA) will be open for review and comment for 30 days from Feb. 17  to March 18.

Seashore staff will conduct five public meetings to provide information on the EA and receive public comments.  

The meeting on Ocracoke will be from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2 in the Ocracoke School, 120 Schoolhouse Rd.

Other public meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. are scheduled as follows:

  • Feb. 26: Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk
  • Feb, 29: Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa, 1700 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA.
  • March 1: Cape Hatteras Secondary School, 48576 Hwy 12, Buxton.
  • March 3,  6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: McKimmon Conference & Training Center, 1101 Gorman St., NC State University Campus, Raleigh.

To view the EA and make comments, click here.  Select the “Open for Comment” link to view and comment on the EA.

Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954.

To ensure your comments are included in this process, they must be entered into the above referenced website or postmarked by March 18. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, social media, or in any other manner than those specified above. Bulk comments in hard copy or electronic formats submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted.

The EA was prepared in response to the Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015 (Public Law 113-291) pertaining to the Seashore’s Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan.

For more information see the park website at here: