Cape Point closed to protect oystercatcher chicks

Cape Point visitors enjoying a walk on Aug. 1, 2019. [NPS photo]

Popular Cape Point at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is closed this morning to protect nesting shorebirds.

Ramp 44, the off-road vehicle ramp leading to the point,  is open for .39 miles, with the rest closed to protect two American oystercatcher chicks.

A protection buffer for the nest was installed on April, the National Park Service said. The hatching of the eggs on May 23 resulted in an expanded protection area that includes the Bypass Road.

For current beach access status and updates, visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore website at https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.