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There are several reporting systems and studies that document visitation statistics at Cape Hatteras National Seashore:
Cape Hatteras National Seashore encompasses 24,470 acres. Nearby Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, within the authorized Seashore boundary, is 5,880 acres.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is our nation's first national seashore.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore was authorized by Congress on August 17, 1937 and established on January 12, 1953.
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.