Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Nags Head, North Carolina

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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 12 is the two-lane road that bisects these narrow, often less than 1-mile-wide islands. The drive is embraced by oceanside dunes and marshes that mesh with the watery horizon of Pamlico Sound on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.
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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

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 12 is the two-lane road that bisects these narrow, often less than 1-mile-wide islands. The drive is embraced by oceanside dunes and marshes that mesh with the watery horizon of Pamlico Sound on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east.

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Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Nags Head
Distance: 0.3-5 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Local Contacts: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Dr., Manteo 27954; (252) 473-2111. Ocracoke Island NPS Visitor Center (at the ferry terminal); (252) 475-9701.
Local Maps: USGS Oregon Inlet and Pea Island for Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge; USGS Buxton and Cape Hatteras for the Buxton Woods Trail; USGS Ocracoke and Howards Reef for Hammock Hills Nature Trail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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