The following news release was issued on March 18th (ignore the date in the heading of the article) by the NPS


      National Park Service News Release

          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  DATE:  January XXXX, 2011

          CONTACT:  252-473-2111


Cape Point temporarily closes to ORV access

Deputy Superintendent Darrell Echols announces the temporary ORV access closure of the popular Cape Point area in accordance with the requirements of the consent decree.

 On March 18, 2011, just south of Ramp 44 along the ocean shoreline, National Park Service staff observed Piping Plover breeding behavior which resulted in the closure.  The width of the beach is very narrow in the area commonly known as "the bypass" and the required consent decree buffer of 50-meters to the north and south resulted in the full beach closure.  There currently is not an alternative ORV access route to Cape Point.  Because of the steep beach slope, pedestrians would be allowed to walk through the inter-tidal zone to access Cape Point.

 For more information on beach access, see: or call 252-472-2111, ext. 148.