OBX National Parks to ease restrictions
By Submitted Story 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.