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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Outer Banks Group Update

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Date: September 5, 2008
Contact: National Park Service, (252) 473-2111

All park visitor centers in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial were closed by noon on Friday, 9/05/08, and will remain closed until further notice. 


All park campgrounds in Cape Hatteras National Seashore were closed by 10:00 a.m. on Friday, 9/05/08. and will remain closed until further notice.  The reservation system for Ocracoke Campground has been temporarily suspended until further notice.


The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse closed Thursday, 9/04/08, at 5:00 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice.


All ocean-side beach access for Off-Road vehicles in Cape Hatteras National Seashore closed on Friday, 9/05/08, beginning at 1:00 pm.  This time correlated to the high tides and expected severe coastal storm surge flooding.  Pedestrian access is allowed.


All remaining non-essential staff for Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh, and Wright Brothers were released by 1:00 p.m. on Friday, 9/05/08.  All essential Incident Command staff and Law Enforcement personnel remain on duty.


To report violations and emergencies, dial 911 or 252-473-3444.

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.