Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island lighthouses to remain closed to climbing for the season

Top of the Bodie Island lighthouse. [Kari Pugh photo]

The Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island lighthouses will remain closed to climbing the rest of the season, the National Park Service said in its recent edition of Cape Chronicle.

The grounds at both lighthouses on Cape Hatteras National Seashore remain open 24 hours a day.

Three out of four seashore campgrounds are open, but due to significant rainfall over the last two months, Cape Point Campground is closed. Campers must use for making campground reservations and payments.

The park service has created an online chart showing what’s open, what’s closed and what’s restricted. Click here to view.

To recreate responsibly, Cape Hatteras National Seashore encourages its visitors to follow CDC and local health guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow Leave No Trace principles.

Tips for visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore this summer include:

  • Know before you go. Visit for park alerts and conditions. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
  • Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others.
  • In-person off-road vehicle (ORV) permit sales offices are currently closed. Permits are available 24/7 at
  • Visitors should practice the Three W’s – Wear. Wait. Wash. Wear a cloth face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained. Wait 6 feet apart. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.