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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Park Planning

The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide it in managing park resources. These documents can range from site-specific impact analyses on facility locations to broader park-wide plans for future use and management of a park.

For information on the park's current planning efforts, check the Cape Hatteras National Seashore project page on the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website.

Current park long-term planning efforts include:

Completed plans (in digital format) include:

1. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Foundations Statement

2. Cape Hatteras National Seashore Long-Range Interpretive Plan

3. Interim Protected Species Management Strategy (IPSMS)IPSMS Environmental Assessment (PDF 8.69MB)

Did You Know?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.