The visitor centers to many of the coast’s national parks are temporarily closed as of Tuesday to minimize the potential spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, consistent with federal, state and local advisories.
While the visitor centers are closed, the grounds are open at Moores Creek National Battlefield, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore, including at Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke lighthouses.
Visitors to Hatteras National Seashore can purchase off-road vehicle, or ORV, permits online at www.recreation.gov and check the status of each ORV ramp and beach route at http://go.nps.gov/beachaccess. The year-round Oregon Inlet Campground at Hatteras National Seashore is closed as well.
Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, visitors will not be able to enter Dare County, the county control group announced late Tuesday morning. Access will be limited to permanent residents, nonresident property owners and nonresident employees of Dare County businesses only.