A place to engage your senses
The sound of ocean waves, the starry night sky, or the calm of the salt marshes, you can experience it all. Shaped by the forces of water, wind, and storms these islands are ever changing. The plants, wildlife, and people who live here adapt continually. Whether you are walking on the beach, kayaking on the sound, or climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse there is something for everyone to explore!
ORV Permit Purchases Available Online
Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) permits can now be purchased online through Recreation.gov.Read More
Let's Be Social
Connect with your favorite seashore whether on the beach or back home. Join the conversation or peruse some of the picturesque views.Read More
Lightstations of Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Not all lighthouses have the same mission—Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses warn of danger, while Ocracoke Lighthouse signals safety.Read More
Moving the Tallest Lighthouse in North America
In 1999 the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved; no easy task. It took a lot of planning before the 2,900-foot journey could take place.Read More
Ocean Swim Safety
Be safe while enjoying the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Learn how to spot and escape deadly rip currents.Read More
Did You Know?
A piece of sea whip that washes up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not a plant, but the skeleton of a whole colony of animals. A tiny animal lived in each hole on the yellow, orange or purple stems. It had a mouth, a stomach and eight tentacles to catch food.