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Cape Hatteras National Seashore: Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to Hatteras :: Waves, NC

A 48-mile drive past the seemingly endless beaches and dunes of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, with a visit to a wildlife refuge and what is probably the best-known lighthouse in America. This drive travels the length of Pea and Hatteras Islands an

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Local Attractions :: Buxton, NC

On the soundside of the island amid tall pine trees, a lush green lawn, and freshwater marsh and ponds, the Bodie Island Lighthouse occupies an unusual setting for an Atlantic lighthouse. The portion of Cape Hatteras National Seashore on which it sit

Swimming on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

With 72 miles of Atlantic Ocean beach, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is the ideal place for swimming. It also offers access to many miles of Pamlico Sound shoreline for wading and swimming. The national seashore beaches are clean and easily accessi

Surfing on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

The Outer Banks is renowned as the best East Coast surfing location, and the best Outer Banks surfing, no doubt, is on Hatteras Island within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It wasn’t until the 1960s that surfing really took off on the Outer Banks,

Off-Roading on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

Cape Hatteras National Seashore allows driving on the beach via seventeen vehicle access ramps. It might seem intrusive to purists, but driving on the beach is not necessarily harmful to the environment— if everyone follows the rules. The convenience

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

Wind is a dominant and driving force at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It shapes the islands and the trees and changes the disposition of the water, the air, and the humans every time it switches direction. Wind affects the quality of the day

Hiking on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

The beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is basically a 72-mile-long hiking trail. If you’re looking for more structured day hikes, the Seashore has a few marked, cleared trails for hiking and getting deeper into the barrier island ecosystems, su

Fishing on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

Fishing is to Cape Hatteras National Seashore as surfing is to Hawaii, horseracing is to Kentucky, and eating is to New Orleans: You do it there because it’s the absolute best place to do it. The Outer Banks is known the world over for its fishing op

Cycling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

With its long, flat landscape stretching 72 miles down the coast of North Carolina, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a good destination for long, relatively easy rides. There is only one real hill in the whole seashore area, and that is the man

Camping on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

Camping is the logical extension of any outdoor experience, and it’s the best way to get deeper into the nature of the Outer Banks. Sleeping on the soft barrier island sand, feeling the constant stickiness of the salt spray in your hair and on your s

Boating, Sailing, & Paddling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

Boating is a way of life on the Outer Banks. There’s much more water than there is land, so it’s only natural to be afloat. Maybe it’s the whipping wind in your face or the wake you leave behind, but being on the water can clear your head like nothin

Birding on Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Buxton, NC

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore harbors an incredible variety of birds, making it one of the East Coast’s year-round birding hotspots. The park’s open spaces provide habitat for birds who live here all the time and those that visit for only part

Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Nags Head, NC

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are among the top island destinations in the East. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the first such seaside park in the nation, makes up the bulk of this 80-mile island chain, which arcs 35 miles out into the ocean. NC 1

Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Hatteras, NC

More than 300 species of birds have been documented at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Hurricane Isabel dramatically changed the topography and plant cover in 2003, removing the artificially constructed dunes and causing a shift from dense scrub and

Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Oregon Inlet Campground :: Nags Head, NC

Oregon Inlet Campground lies at the northern end of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The campground itself is so-so. The campsites sit on the west side of the sand dunes, so you can’t see the ocean, and there’s little tree cover or brush. Don’t e

Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Cape Point Campground :: Buxton, NC

Cape Hatteras is better known for its lighthouse than its campground. The world-famous Hatteras Lighthouse you see today has stood tall and proud since it was built in 1870. While the lighthouse is definitely a highlight, the area also has hiking

Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Frisco Campground :: Frisco, NC

The campsites are nestled among the large rolling hills of the sand dunes. Although they are not right on the beach, you can clearly see the ocean from a select few sites that sit high upon the dunes, and the sound of the waves provides a constant so

Cape Hatteras National Seashore-Ocracoke Campground :: Ocracoke, NC

Ocracoke Campground is located at the south end of the Outer Banks. The campground sits on the west side of the dunes, so you can’t see the ocean, but you can hear it in the night. The sites are wide open, with no tree cover and no privacy. However,

Cape Hatteras National Seashore :: Avon, NC

Where sea, sand, nature, and people come together in an uneasy mix—that’s a good way to describe Cape Hatteras. It’s not easy to get here, to live here, or to leave. It’s wild and untamed. The land is never really owned, just borrowed until the next

Off-Island Trail :: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

Off-Island Trail is a hiking trail in Dare County, North Carolina. It is within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 3 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4 feet. Near t

Ramp 55 :: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

Ramp 55 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Dare County, North Carolina. It is within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 4 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 52 f

Open Ponds Trail :: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

Open Ponds Trail is a hiking trail in Dare County, North Carolina. It is within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is 4.5 miles long and begins at 9 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 24 feet. The B

Hammock Hills Trail :: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

Hammock Hills Trail is a hiking trail in Ocracoke, North Carolina. It is within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 4 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 66 feet. Near

South Point Road :: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC

South Point Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ocracoke, North Carolina. It is within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 2 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain o

The Wright Brothers and Man's First Flight: Corolla to Oregon Inlet :: Southern Shores, NC

A 47-mile paved drive across Currituck Banks and Bodie Island, past the Wright Brothers National Memorial, two historic lighthouses, and part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The section of the Outer Banks covered in this drive is the busiest and

Birding on Cape Lookout National Seashore :: Harkers Island, NC

The open wildlands of Cape Lookout National Seashore are excellent places to see a variety of birds, especially during spring and fall migrations. The diversity and numbers of birds at this national seashore don’t quite compare to those of the Cape H

Blackbeard's Haunt: Ocracoke Island :: Ocracoke, NC

A paved 14-mile drive across quiet Ocracoke Island, once a hangout of the pirate Blackbeard. This short scenic drive crosses Ocracoke Island of the Outer Banks. Except for the small, quaint village of Ocracoke, almost the entire island is part of Cap

Hammock Hills Nature Trail :: Ocracoke, NC

Rolling-hill topography, stunted trees, and stunning views of the marshland are all found along this delightful loop trail. Interpretive signs offer insight into the flora and fauna of this maritime forest as you hike over a diverse range of terrain.

Cape Lookout National Seashore :: Portsmouth, NC

Established in 1966, Cape Lookout National Seashore protects the southern Outer Banks, one of the few remaining natural barrier- island ecosystems in the world. The park comprises three major islands that run 56 miles southeast from Beaufort Inlet to

Ocracoke Island Campground :: Ocracoke, NC

Ocracoke Island is accessible only by ferry, but the extra effort reaps scenic rewards. Most of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is kept in its natural state. The village of Ocracoke is a worthy destination. It evokes

Frisco Campground :: Frisco, NC

Frisco Campground offers some phenomenal oceanside scenery. Located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the campground is situated among dunes so hilly that you might think you were in the mountains instead of at the beach. OK, that’s an exagge

Pond Island to Headquarters Island :: Nags Head, NC

This section is the northernmost portion of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There are numerous access points, but I’ve pointed out the most convenient to use. This is a beautiful area comprising creeks and marsh. There is an abundance of bir

Ocracoke to Hatteras Classic :: Ocracoke, NC

The 67.6-mile Ocracoke to Hatteras Classic covers all of Ocracoke Island and the southern part of Hatteras Island along North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks. Much of the route is in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which means protected dunes and

Outer Banks Cruise :: Ocracoke, NC

Your ride begins on Ocracoke Island, the southernmost island of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. In the course of the ride, you hop a ferry to Hatteras Island and make a turnaround at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras museum makes a

Surfing on Cape Lookout National Seashore :: Harkers Island, NC

Surfing is a favorite sport all along the North Carolina coast. If the conditions are right for the beach you’re on—if there’s an onshore swell and an offshore wind—you’ll be able to ride a wave. Cape Lookout may not have the notoriety of Cape Hatter