National Park Service restricts ORV beach access in OBX

OUTER BANKS, Va. (WAVY) — The National Park Service is restricting the number of Outer Banks beaches accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Rangers say they will be roping off more areas to protect nesting shore birds along Bodie Island and the Coquina Beach areas, south of Nags Head. Some of the areas will also be roped off to pedestrians.

Three years ago, the park service required all off-road vehicles to get a permit to drive on the sand.

Environmentalists say the restrictions help keep endangered wildlife populations strong, but Outer Banks residents say the rules keep tourists from the area.

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