Cycling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Buxton, North Carolina 27920

Cycling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cycling on Cape Hatteras National Seashore Professional Review and Guide

"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-made humpback bridge spanning Oregon Inlet, so you don’t have to have quads of steel to cycle here. Some people strap their gear onto their bikes and make their vacations a biking/camping event, cycling from campground to campground and enjoying the attractions and restaurants around them before moving on to the next one.

Heading to or from Ocracoke Island, cyclists enjoy making a passage on the ferries, and pay only $3.00 on the toll ferries. Although Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a good biking destination, it’s unfortunately not a great one. What prevents it from being the quintessential flatlanders’ dream are two elements: wind and traffic. All this about wind and traffic said, if you’re a seasoned two-wheeler, come anyway and explore these beautiful islands. Just be sure to have your equipment in order, wear a helmet and bright clothing, and try not to waver when riding."

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We rode stretches of the Outer Banks outside the actual scope of this trail, but worth mentioning. On 3/30 we rode from the Currituck Visitor's Center to Currituck Lighthouse and back. This area has some areas with separate paved bike paths but because they are sporadic and not necessarily conducive to the interval training we planned, we rode on the main road. The vast majority of the road has a very wide shoulder with comfortable space for bikes while cars are passing. The ride was very pleasant and featured frequent views of the Sound and homes, but few views of the ocean. On 4/1 we rode from Duck south through Southern Shores, using the bike path the whole way. The path is well-maintained in Duck, less so in Southern Shores but still easily passable. We planned this as a longer, more scenic ride and enjoyed it very much. If we had been training the pedestrian traffic would have made the ride difficult, but there was no problem at a slower more scenic pace. The Duck south ride also was quite scenic in terms of dunes, homes and the Sound, but little view of the ocean. Both rides featured some noticeable and occasionally difficult wind.

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