Coastal Reserve COVID-19 update

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:30pm

Response to the COVID-19 crisis is an evolving situation. Based on the current guidance to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the staff and public, the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve has cancelled public programming through at least April 30. 

The reserve sites serve as recreational settings, in addition to their primary purposes as research and education platforms, and currently remain open but may be subject to additional local restrictions. Visitors should review and comply with local, county, and state restrictions and guidance related to COVID-19 before visiting a reserve site. Reserve site status is subject to change at any time and this page will be updated when new information becomes available. The reserve sites include Currituck Banks, Kitty Hawk Woods, Buckridge, Buxton Woods, Rachel Carson, Permuda Island, Masonboro Island, Zeke’s Island, Bald Head Woods, and Bird Island.

Additional guidance for visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Postpone your visit if you are sick or experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Keep 6 feet or more between you and other visitors. 
  • Cover your face when you sneeze or cough. 
  • Thoroughly clean hands with soap and water or sanitizer frequently. 
  • Avoid touching surfaces others may have touched, such as signs and boardwalk railings.   
  • Avoid group activities, including group photos. 
  • Do not share any personal items, including phones, water bottles, and recreational equipment.
  • Continue to keep dogs leashed and practice social distancing with other people and their dogs.  

For the latest information on COVID-19 in North Carolina, go to: or call 866-462-3821 for health-related questions.