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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Park Statistics

Visitation

There are several reporting systems and studies that document visitation statistics at Cape Hatteras National Seashore:

Acreage

Cape Hatteras National Seashore encompasses 24,470 acres. Nearby Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, within the authorized Seashore boundary, is 5,880 acres.

Designations

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is our nation's first national seashore.

Establishment

Cape Hatteras National Seashore was authorized by Congress on August 17, 1937 and established on January 12, 1953.

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.