The entrance to the new soundside parking area, located just north of the village of Buxton and just south of soundside ORV Ramp #60. CHNS photo.

A new 16-car parking area has opened along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) just north of Buxton, and close to a stretch of oceanside shoreline that is popular with surfers and beachgoers.

The clay and shell-based parking area, (which is adjacent to soundside ORV Ramp #60), was constructed by DOT Construction, Inc., which tackled a similar project on Bodie Island in 2023.

Construction of the new Buxton parking area began in early 2024, and the parking area opened to the public on Thursday, March 7.

“The parking area provides a safer experience for Seashore visitors along a stretch of N.C. Highway 12 that is popular for both soundside and oceanside recreational activities,” stated CHNS in a March 7 update.

For a complete list of parking areas and ORV ramps, including current beach conditions, visit the CHNS website at

CHNS photo

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