BUXTON — Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Cape Hatteras National Seashore will open a new beach access and parking area Friday, May 24.
The site at the end of Old Lighthouse Road, which previously served as a U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard base, will provide improved public access to oceanside recreational activities, National Park Service officials announced.
At the access, a 50-car parking area, portable restrooms, and a non-slip wheelchair beach access mat will be available.
Plans for a permanent restroom facility with showers and other site upgrades are currently under development.
Visitors planning a trip to the new Buxton Beach Access should be aware that travel through a residential area is necessary to reach the site and should pay close attention to pedestrians on Old Lighthouse Road and the speed limit signs.
In November 2013, the park service issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for a Proposal to Construct New Development That Facilitates Public Access at the Seashore. The new Buxton Beach Access and Kite Point parking area were included in the 29 projects that were approved as part of the plan.