National Park Service to Expand Off-Road Vehicle Access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The National Park Service (NPS) has proposed changes to its special regulation for off-road vehicle (ORV) use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina. The revisions are the result of a SEMA-supported federal law enacted in 2014 that required the NPS to revisit a management plan restricting ORV access to large portions of the seashore. The NPS is proposing to revise the times that certain beaches are open to ORV use in the morning and extend the dates that certain seasonal ORV routes are open in the fall and spring. It would also replace an ORV route designation on Ocracoke Island with a park road to allow vehicle access and pedestrian use of a soundside area without the requirement for an ORV permit. 

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