Fires on the beach are a memorable experience. Want to enjoy the crackle of wood burning and the dancing of the firelight? Follow these simple steps:
If you have trouble downloading or printing the Beach Fire Permit you can get a permit in person by visiting any park visitor center, ORV permit office, or campground.
Things to know about beach fires:
With over 70 miles of Atlantic Ocean coast, you can stretch your legs, let your mind wander, and find your own place to enjoy the sand and waves. There are access ramps, boardwalks, and parking lots throughout the park that make it easy to find your special place to stroll. Be aware that off-road vehicles are permitted in certain sections of beach and some areas are temporarily closed to protect threatened and endangered species.
What better place to fly a kite than on the beaches near where the Wright brothers successfully flew the first airplane? Remember to be courtesy to other beach-goers and only fly your kites downwind of others.
While soaking in sunlight on the beach, why not also partake in some nourishment? Needing a break from the Sun? Head over to the Buxton Woods Picnic Area and enjoy your picnic in the shade of the maritime forest. From this picnic location you get views of the forest and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Up in the Salvo Day Use Area? Picnic tables are available here to spread out a family meal while enjoying views of the Pamlico Sound.
Remember, do not feed any wildlife and properly dispose of all your trash.
The beaches of Cape Hatteras are wonderful places to relax by sunbathing, sitting under the shade of an umbrella, reading a good book, watching the waves and wildlife, or practicing yoga. Be sure to use sunscreen as directed to help protect yourself from sun burns.
Waves and wind constantly sculpt the plentiful sands of Cape Hatteras into ephemeral works of art. Show off your artistry and sculpt your own work of art out of sand.
The seashore is an excellent place to explore for shells. A handbook, available from our partner’s online bookstore, can be very helpful when less common shells are found. Please do not take shells with the animals in them; take only empty shells.
Did You Know?
The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.