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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Plan Your Visit

Sunrise with sandy dunes and sea oats in the foreground and the Atlantic Ocean in the background
Sunrise near Cape Point
National Park Service

Welcome to Cape Hatteras National Seashore!

There is much here for you to enjoy as you discover the unique natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities offered, preserved, and protected by the National Park Service on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Surf-fishing, kiteboarding, surfing, swimming, windsurfing, crabbing, shell-collecting, nature-experiencing, sightseeing—we have this and more. By foot, bicycle or vehicle, I urge you to explore the seashore and create lasting memories for yourself and your family to be treasured in years to come. These dynamic barrier islands, with their diverse habitats and storied history, offer many exceptional experiences.

Whether it's active recreation, immersion into the natural world, or intellectual stimulation that you seek, National Park Service rangers are here to assist you in having an enjoyable and safe experience. We look forward to seeing you out on the seashore!

Did You Know?

Ocracoke Inlet was one of the most heavily traveled inlets in the 1700s.

In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.