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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Operating Hours & Seasons

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is open year-round, though facilities and programs do change throughout the year. Please check the follow list for times certain facilities and tours are available, and check the Schedule of Events for a listing of current ranger program offerings.

Bodie Island
Bodie Island Visitor Center Friday before Memorial Day—Columbus Day 9 am—6 pm
Rest of the year 9 am—5 pm
Christmas Day Closed
Bodie Island Lighthouse Tours 3rd Friday in April—Columbus Day See page
Rest of the year no tours
Oregon Inlet Campground 3rd Friday in April—Columbus Day See page
Rest of the year Closed
Coquina Beach ORV Year-round 8 am—4:30 pm
Permit Office Christmas Day Closed


Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island Visitor Center Friday before Memorial Day—Labor Day 9 am—6 pm
Rest of the year 9 am—5 pm
Christmas Day Closed
Museum of the Sea Mid-February—October 9 am—6 pm
Rest of the year Intermittent
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 3rd Friday in April—Columbus Day See page
Climbing Rest of the year No climbs
Cape Point Campground Friday before Memorial Day—Labor Day See page
Rest of the year Closed
Frisco Campground 3rd Friday in April—Columbus Day See page
Rest of the year Closed
Hatteras Island ORV Year-round 8 am—4:30 pm
Permit Office Christmas Day Closed


Ocracoke Island
Ocracoke Island Visitor Center Year-round 9 am—5 pm
December 2013—March 20, 2014 9 am—5 pm W—Su
Christmas Day Closed
Ocracoke Campground 3rd Friday in April—Last Monday in October See page
Rest of the year Closed
Ocracoke Island ORV Year-round 8 am—4:30 pm
Permit Office Christmas Day Closed

Did You Know?

Lightning whelks are one of the few species of

Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.