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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Fees & Reservations

There is no entry fee for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Check the following table for costs of various services and activities within the park.

Activity Detail Cost
Bodie Island Lighthouse tour Adult $8.00
Children under 12 (must be >42” tall) $4.00
Seniors (62 and older) $4.00
Disabled $4.00
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climb Adult $8.00
Children under 12 (must be >42” tall) $4.00
Seniors (62 and older) $4.00
Disabled $4.00
ORV permit 7-consecutive days $50.00
Annual (calendar year) $120.00
Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, and Frisco Campgrounds Nightly rate $20.00
Nightly rate (with a NP & FRL Senior or Access Pass) $10.00
Group camping (Oregon Inlet only, per person per night) $4.00
Ocracoke Campground Nightly rate $23.00
Nightly rate (with a NP & FRL Senior or Access Pass) $11.50
Marina Boat Dock Fees No reservations for boat slips
(Silver Lake on Ocracoke Island) Summer rate (per boat foot/day, cap at 80’ or $80/day) $1.25
Winter rate (per boat foot/day, cap at 80’ or $40/day) $0.60
Daily 110 volt electricity service $3.00
Daily 220 volt electricity service $5.00

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes
The following National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes provide reduced activity fee rates as listed above:

  • Senior Pass
  • Access Pass
Visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes website for additional details about the various passes.

Educational Groups
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing fees may be waived for educational groups visiting the park as part of their accredited curriculum. The fee waiver application and associated materials must be submitted at least four weeks prior to your visit.

Due to tour number limitations, there is no fee waiver for Bodie Island Lighthouse tours.
 
Senior Pass
Senior Pass

Did You Know?

Seasparkle, a tiny dinoflagellate that can be seen glowing in the surfline at night.

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.