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Point on Hatteras
Posted By: itsjustmeflo - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/19/2017
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 3:49 PM




Been coming down Hatteras for many years and have never been to, The Point... Coming down in May and want to do it! Does anyone know how long of a beach walk it would be from Hatteras Lighthouse to and from? Thank you

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RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: nrtrider1 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/2/2014
Location: Pulaski, Va
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 3:58 PM




We also have wondered the same thing. Where is the closest place to walk from?

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: judyk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Location: eastern PA
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 4:07 PM




A few yrs ago when much of the beach there about S was closed to ORVs, we were able to drive onto the beach and park right off ramp 44. From there we walked to the point.. distance as measured by Fitbit device was 1.01 miles, one way. Maybe you can extrapolate that to determine your projected distance. Hint: walk in the packed down sand.
Oh yeah, make sure it's not closed to pedestrian traffic

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: OBX Skeeter - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 4:11 PM




This is about from the lighthouse parking lot all the way to the point. And that's a one-way distance.



RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: OBX Skeeter - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 4:14 PM




This is from the end of Lighthouse Road, but I have to caution you that these are only Google estimates and that's a one-way distance. I have not been down to the Point in awhile and things may have changed. I am sure that someone with more personal knowledge will post soon.



RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: itsjustmeflo - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 5:04 PM




Thank you everyone, much appreciated!!

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: JoyinVirginia - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/20/2014
Location: New Kent VA and Nags Head
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 5:46 PM




There have been some problems with erosion on the beach, so there is a new access "Cape Point Bypass Extention" for of road vehicles, behind the dune line. Not sure if this would be a shorter pedestrian route. Here is a link to the news release.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/learn/news/17_004.htm
Check the Facebook page for CapeHatterasNS for the latest ramp status

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: Shell hunter - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/3/2011
Location: South East, PA/Buxton, NC
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 6:40 PM




There have been some problems with erosion on the beach, so there is a new access "Cape Point Bypass Extention" for of road vehicles, behind the dune line. Not sure if this would be a shorter pedestrian route. Here is a link to the news release.
https://www.nps.gov/caha/learn/news/17_004.htm
Check the Facebook page for CapeHatterasNS for the latest ramp status



If it were me...I'd park at the end of lighthouse road, at the fish cleaning station, and walk out ramp 44 to the beach and then walk on the wet sand to the point. The new 'road' behind the dunes is deep soft sand...not walker friendly (IMHO).

I've never walked the entire way (I drive to the point) however a few summers ago we walked from the temporary closure, south of ramp 44, to the point (in knee deep water to comply with the resource closure 'rule' .



RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: notinobx - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/20/2008
Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 6:47 PM




We've walked from the end of Lighthouse Rd. several times. I was expecting it to be a much longer walk than it actually is. If you are accustomed to walking any distance at all it should be very manageable.

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: Tom in PA - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/8/2011
Location: Salvo, NC
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Date Posted: 3/19/2017 7:04 PM




I have done the walk many times. As others have noted, be aware of any closures and if you can schedule it around low tide it would help. Well worth it once you have made it there.

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: summertime - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/24/2005
Location: Western New York
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Date Posted: 3/20/2017 11:03 AM




We have walked from the end of Lighthouse Road to the Point. Its a nice walk but I would suggest doing it in the early morning (during the warmer months) and bring a bottle of water as it can get tiring walking on the softer sand once you get closer to the point. At least that was our experience in August.

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: TwentyPSI - (Send PM)
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Date Posted: 3/20/2017 11:46 AM




I drive to the Point these days, but when we were younger and 4WDless, we used to hitch rides to and from the Point pretty easily. In 2016, access to the Point was closed from mid May to mid July to comply with rules about beach nesting birds. This board and the Red Drum Tackle shop site will have the latest news.

forum.reddrumtackle.com/forum/rdt-s-public-forums

RE: Point on Hatteras
Posted By: Alexy - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/10/2008
Location: Warrenton VA and Frisco NC
Total Posts: 5783

Date Posted: 3/20/2017 5:35 PM




The beach closures begin in May for resource protection in the park so make sure to keep an eye on the NPS web page

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