Night Driving Allowed on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The National Park Service has re-opened the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to off-roading vehicles at night.

The superintendent made the announcement this week. The beaches will be open in places where there are no nesting sea turtles.  Sea turtle areas will be closed during the day and night, and will be clearly marked with signs.

The National Park Service says they protected 289 sea turtle nests during the 2015 summer season.  Right now, about 185 nests are still in the sand.  Visitors should be on the lookout for these sites.  Closures could change at a moment’s notice.Drivers must have a permit from the Park Service to off-road on the beach, day or night.

Drivers can pick one up at one of three locations on the Outer Banks; across Route 13 from the Bodie Island Lighthouse, at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or Ocracoke Island.

For more information, you can call the Park Service at (252) 473-2111.