• Ocean waters of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

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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?

December 17, 1903 First Flight

Wright Brothers National Memorial, where Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first powered flights on December 17, 1903, is only a few miles north of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. More...