Three North Carolina Coastal Reserve sites close to reduce risk of the spread of COVID-19

Morehead City

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve will close select reserve sites to visitors effective April 3 at 7:30 p.m. to protect public safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19, and to support current state and local restrictions and guidance. Closures specifically apply to wet/dry beaches and uplands at the sites, while waters remain accessible for visitors to navigate through and utilize for recreational activities as long as they follow social distancing and gathering restrictions and guidelines.  The reserves will continue working with local authorities and encourage residents to comply with the guidelines and directives of state and local leaders to protect themselves and their communities.

- Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort CLOSED

- Masonboro Island Reserve near Wilmington CLOSED

- Bird Island Reserve near Sunset Beach CLOSED

The remaining sites remain open, though some local governments have limited area access to residents only.

 - Currituck Banks Reserve near Corolla OPEN

- Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve in Kitty Hawk OPEN

- Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve near Columbia OPEN

- Buxton Woods Reserve on Hatteras Island OPEN

- Permuda Island Reserve near Topsail Island OPEN

- Zeke’s Island Reserve near Kure Beach OPEN

- Bald Head Woods Reserve on Bald Head Island OPEN

Additional guidance and updates can be found on the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve website and social media accounts.

  The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 44,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.

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