Cape Hatteras National Seashore reopens to off-road vehicles as sea turtle nesting season ends

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MANTEO, North Carolina — Routes along Cape Hatteras National Seashore that have been closed to off-road vehicles for sea turtle nests are reopening.

Seashore Superintendent David Hallac says the routes are reopening at 12:01 a.m. Sunday because all sea turtle nests either hatched or were lost during the most recent storm.

The ramps that are reopening will allow off-road vehicle access to seashore beaches in villages in Dare County and also to Ocracoke Island in Hyde County. In addition, a temporary Frisco emergency access ramp will open areas normally accessed by ramp 49, which was flooded. When ramp 49 reopens, the emergency ramp will close.

A permit is required for any off-road vehicle use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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