Boating, Sailing, and Paddling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Buxton, North Carolina

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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 nothing else. On a boat, you can easily forget about the problems of life on land. Whether you’re arriving by boat, trailering your own boat behind your car, or planning to rent one once you get here, you will find that Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the island villages are very accommodating to boaters. Free, public boat ramps with plenty of parking are available on Bodie Island and Ocracoke, though on Hatteras Island you’ll have to pay to use a private boat ramp. In the villages you will find motorboat and sailboat rentals, plus marinas that offer docking space and sell gas and boating supplies. Note that the trailering, launching, or landing of personal watercraft (Jet-Skis, Wave Runners, Sea-Doos) is prohibited within the boundaries of the national seashore.
Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

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Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

by Molly Perkins Harrison (Falcon Guides)

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 nothing else. On a boat, you can easily forget about the problems of life on land.

Whether you’re arriving by boat, trailering your own boat behind your car, or planning to rent one once you get here, you will find that Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the island villages are very accommodating to boaters. Free, public boat ramps with plenty of parking are available on Bodie Island and Ocracoke, though on Hatteras Island you’ll have to pay to use a private boat ramp. In the villages you will find motorboat and sailboat rentals, plus marinas that offer docking space and sell gas and boating supplies. Note that the trailering, launching, or landing of personal watercraft (Jet-Skis, Wave Runners, Sea-Doos) is prohibited within the boundaries of the national seashore.

©  Molly Perkins Harrison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Buxton
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for the national seashore, visitor centers, and local resources are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Boating, Sailing, & Paddling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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