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Cape Point closed to pedestrians

Wednesday 22 April 2009 at 3:09 pm National Park Service officials have closed pedestrian access to Cape Point.

The decision will be announced in tomorrow’s Park Service beach access report.

About two-tenths of a mile of beach just south of Ramp 44 was closed to ORVs on April 14 to protect American oystercatchers exhibiting breeding behavior.

At that time, park officials said that pedestrians could wade in the water below the mean low tide line to reach Cape Point, which is not closed.

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Update on Cape Point access

Monday 20 April 2009 at 5:23 pm The closure at Cape Point for American oystercatchers exhibiting breeding behavior was expanded today – from two-tenths of a mile to four-tenths of a mile. That’s double the size it was last week at this time.

For now, folks can still wade below the mean low tide line to reach Cape Point, which is not closed. Or they can reach the Point by boat.

Park Service management is re-evaluating the situation and will make a decision in the next day or so whether continued access to Cape Point by walking in the ocean or by boat should be allowed.

The decision will most likely be based on safety concerns. Read More

What you need to know about beach access

Friday 17 April 2009 at 7:08 pm The first thing you need to know about this summer’s beach access on the seashore is that there will be beaches open to ORVs.

However, there will be some stretches of beach closed to both ORVs and pedestrians until the end of the nesting season – about August for birds and later in the fall for sea turtles.

The closed beaches may be your favorites, such as Cape Point or South Point on Ocracoke, but there will still be miles of beach open for walking and driving. Read More