Hurricane Dorian on Ocracoke

Springer’s Point Preserve re-opens after Hurricane Dorian

Springer’s Point, Jan. 2020. Photo: Peter Vankevich

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From the Coastal Land Trust

Although the Coastal Land Trust’s Springer’s Point Preserve reopened to the public in mid-December after being closed to recover from Hurricane Dorian Sept. 6, repairs will continue.

The trust’s plans for repairing the preserve are focused on ensuring safety, visitors will see evidence and reminders of the hurricane around every bend of the trail–from missing benches and signs to new views created by downed trees.

The trust has received many inquiries about the iconic live oaks along the Pamlico Sound shore front of the Preserve. Unfortunately, these trees sustained extensive damage and a few of these special trees were lost to Hurricane Dorian.

Visitors will notice downed trees in the maritime forest. Since Springer’s Point is a nature preserve, downed trees that do not pose a threat to people on the trails will be left to allow nature to take its course. We do ask that visitors stay on the trails and do not climb on any trees in the preserve.

The preserve may be temporarily closed on some days for repairs. Work will continue throughout the winter and spring with plans to have the preserve fully repaired by May. 

The Coastal Land Trust is grateful for funding from the Orton Foundation, an affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation. The Coastal Land Trust is contracting with island residents to assist in this work in an effort to contribute to the local economy whenever possible.

Updated plans, closings, and information can be found on the Coastal Land Trust’s website and the Springer’s Point Facebook page.

Springer’s Point. Photo: Peter Vankevich