Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Nags Head, North Carolina 27959

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Trail Information

Nags Head
Nearby City
0.3-5 miles
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
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 Contacts
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.
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