‘Backcountry style’ advised for visitors on these Outer Banks islands

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Cabins were repaired following Hurricane Florence (Photo: Cape Lookout National Seashore/Facebook)

(AP) — The National Park Service says visitors to an uninhabited barrier islands in North Carolina’s should plan on a trip without toilets after recent storms damaged the restrooms there.

Cape Lookout National Seashore says on its Facebook page that visitors needing a restroom will have to go “backcountry style” on Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout National Seashoreadopt “Leave No Trace” guidelines: Visitors must bring their own toilet paper and bury solid human waste at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails.

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The island’s restrooms were closed after recent hurricanes.

Officials suggest visitors answer nature’s call by using mainland facilities before taking a ferry to Shackleford Banks. Reachable only by boat or ferry, the popular fishing and recreation destination is a narrow island about 8.5 miles long that’s populated by wild horses.