Press Release

Acting Superintendent Kym Hall announced today that beginning Saturday, November 1 seasonal ORV routes will reopen in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

Some ORV routes may be temporarily closed due to a few remaining resource closures, per the park’s Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan, for sea turtle nests.  The seasonal ORV routes on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands reopen on November 1 at 12:01 a.m. (or 7:00 a.m. if posted sea turtle nests remain on that particular route where in a few locations night driving restrictions are still in place.)  A permit is required for any off-road vehicle use in Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The following ORV routes reopen on November 1:

Visitors will note that a few remaining resource closures for sea turtles nests are still in effect for the seasonal ORV routes, and these areas will reopen as soon as the few remaining sea turtle nests hatch.  On-site signage of a closed area in the park will be clearly marked in the field with “symbolic fencing” consisting of wooden or carsonite posts, closure signs, string and black filter fencing. 

For further information, please call (252) 473-2111 or check the Google Earth map at: