• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina


Along the over 70 miles of the nation’s first national seashore from Nags Head to Ocracoke are fishing villages, historic structures, and tiny cemeteries that have helped shape the unique history and culture of the area. Visitors and locals alike often find their favorite places here, even if it is simply a spot on the beach where the pounding surf, the cry of the gulls and the whipping wind conjure up images of a past that has made the seashore and its places what they are today.

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.