• 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?

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.