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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

NPS LIFEGUARD BEACH OPERATIONS AND CAPE POINT CAMPGROUND CLOSE FOR THE SEASON REDUCED CLIMBING HOURS FOR CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE

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Date: August 29, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Cape Hatteras National Seashore lifeguard beach operations will close Monday, September 1st at 6:00 p.m. for the 2008 season. In addition, the Cape Point campground closes on Monday, September 1st at 12 noon; however, Frisco and Oregon Inlet Campgrounds remain open until October 13th and Ocracoke Campground remains open until October 27th.

Fall visitors are reminded to check with local weather sources for updated surf and rip current conditions before going to the beach. Planning your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore will enhance your enjoyment and your safety. Please observe all rules and regulations for your safety. Know your limits and understand the hazards. For more information on rip currents, check the website at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

Climbing hours for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, September 2nd. The lighthouse closes for the 2008 season on Columbus Day, Monday, October 13th.

Did You Know?

Sea Whip, though it looks like a plant, is actually whole colony of animals.

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.