OBX National Parks to ease restrictions

By on May 14, 2020

Camping, with limited capacity will be available at Cape Hatteras campgrounds beginning May 22. (nps.gov/caha)

(National Park Service)

For the purpose of staying healthy while following guidance from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and Dare and Hyde County public health authorities, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are increasing recreational opportunities on May 22.

Beginning May 22, the following services will be available:

  • Restrooms at the Fort Raleigh Visitor Center, Wright Brothers pavilion, Cape Hatteras beach and sound-side parking areas and visitor centers (visitor centers will not be open).
  • Camping, with limited capacity will be available at Cape Hatteras campgrounds; however, campsite reservations and payments will only be available online. Staff will not be available to take payment at the campground and site availability will be limited – campers must use recreation.govfor making campground reservations and payments.
  • Trash services in some locations – everyone is encouraged to “pack it in, pack it out” as trash service will remain limited.
Beginning May 23, the following services will be available:

  • Lifeguard services at Coquina Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, Frisco Beach, and Ocracoke Beach.
With public health in mind, the following facilities and activities remain closed:
  • Fort Raleigh, Wright Brothers and Cape Hatteras Visitor Centers and bookstores.
  • The Lost Colony at Fort Raleigh
  • The Avon Pier
  • Bodie Island lighthouse climbing
  • Cape Hatteras lighthouse climbing
  • In-person off-road vehicle permit sales offices; permits are available 24/7 at recreation.gov. Permits should be printed and placed in vehicle. Ramp status updates can be found at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess.
  • In-person interpretive programs
  • Ocracoke Island boat slips


As North Carolina eases some COVID-19 restrictions, the NC Department of Health and Human Services and local public health officials are asking people that leave home to remember the Three W’s – Wear. Wait. Wash.

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.




See what people are saying:

  • Seriously?!!

    Our COVID-19 numbers are going up daily. Reading all the carefully(?) prepared restrictions, I see nothing that speaks to enforcement. Why? If I get stuck on the beach in Corolla, and my tire pressure isn’t within the beach driving guidelines, I can receive a citation if towing service is required. It seems like we’re more interested in getting tourists here in droves for Memorial Day weekend, than basing these decisions on hard scientific guidelines and reopening guidelines. Listen to concerned residents with the same importance that the Chamber of Commerce is listened to. Chamber, do your job in this crisis and make sure your members do not turn a blind eye to violators to enhance a sale.

    Thursday, May 14 @ 12:50 pm