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Beach access information

Access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore - which includes all beaches in Hyde County- now involves permits, fees, and defined access areas:

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Off-road vehicle (ORV) beach access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore - which includes all beaches in Hyde County - requires an ORV permit.

ORV permits can be purchased at any of the three NPS permit offices located at the Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island Visitor Center in Buxton, and the Bodie Island Visitor Center in South Nags Head. The cost of an annual ORV permit is $120 (valid for 1 year from date of purchase) and the cost of a 10-day ORV permit is $50. You must bring your driver's license and vehicle registration with you.

To learn more about the Cape Hatteras National Seashore permit program and beach driving, go to https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/orv_faq.htm.

View the NPS Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV homepage

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