Looks like you can park at ramp 44 and hike over salt pond road for pedestrian access?
Beach Fred, that's why we came to Cape Hatteras....for the open beaches. and fishing everywhere you choose. Talked to a friend at Conner's this afternoon who had been to ramp 49 and found that there was not a vacant spot to park. Drove off. He noted that the beaches used to be so crowded only on the holiday weekends, and that was when we had open beaches for miles. But NPS says visitation is up. Ha.
When I checked earlier today you could walk to the point from ramp 45. but no vehicle access.
ILVHTRS, I have been gone for a couple days so dont know today's beach status. A few days ago you could walk from ramp 45 to the point without having to be in the water. Walking from ramp 44 there was a section you had to go around by walking through the water. I have a hard time with the NPS not providing vehicle access to the point from 45 when there are no bird or turtle closures on that side, but are on the 44 side. I know that the present rules do not allow that, know that they claim they can't change those rules until 5 years are up, hope they will change them at the end of the 5 year period, but greatly doubt that they will. It would be so easy to have a reasonable set of rules in place that would protect the birds and turtles, provide places for people to walk the beach without vehicles present, and provide good orv access. I am afraid that will never happen. The NPS puts very little emphasis on the people side of the equation and a great deal of emphasis on the resource side. I think that is great somewhere like Yellowstone, but Cape Hatteras was meant to be a recreation area. It needs to be managed differently, but will not be as long as it falls under the NPS.
So, anyone hearing if the point may be open by next week?
Why is the point closed to vehicles right NOW?