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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Things To Do

Deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean greet the bright tan sands of Cape Hatteras National Seashore where a lone chair waits

Saving You a Seat

National Park Service

Feel the fine grains of sand between your toes as you head out to the best surfing location in the eastern United States of America, look up at one of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi River, cast your line into the surf, watch a myriad of wildlife migrate through, or take a deep breath of fresh sea air as you put your worries behind. All these and more recreational opportunities await you at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Select an activity to learn more.
 
Beach Activities
The wonderful sandy beaches of Cape Hatteras Seashore beckon you to play, explore, or relax.
 

Camping
Enjoy getting back to nature by staying at one of our four campgrounds.

 

Fishing
Enjoy the best East Coast fishing, here at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

 
Hiking
Explore the barrier island habitats that lie beyond the pristine beaches by hiking along a nature trail.
 

Lighthouse Climbs
Both Bodie Island Lighthouse and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are open for climbing, providing breath-taking views of the Outer Banks.

 

Nature Viewing
The barrier island habitats are home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, in a location with some of the darkest skies around.

 
Schedule of Events
Join a national park ranger in one of the many programs offered in the spring, summer, and autumn.
 
Visitor Centers
Stop by one of the visitor centers for orientation information and to delve into the many stories of the seashore.
 
Water Activities
Two completely different water experiences, the high-energy ocean and the calmer sound, provide for a wide variety of water-based activities.
 

Waterfowl Hunting
During the winter, select locations within the seashore allow waterfowl hunting.

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.