ORV Plan Comment Period Extended
On May 23, 2014, the NPS released a Environmental Impact Statement for its Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for a 60-day comment period, which was extended to September 4. The comment period will be extend an additional 15 days until September 19, 2014.
Visiting Portsmouth Village
Portsmouth Village is only accessible by boat. A list of the authorized ferry services can be found on the Ferry page.
Exhibits on "lightering", community life, and survival in this village can be seen in the Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center, the School, the Post Office and General Store, and the Life-Saving Station.
These buildings, as well as the Methodist Church and Henry Piggot House, are open to the public seasonally.
PLEASE NOTE: the Methodist Church is closed to the public as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy.
Other structures are occupied by National Park Service personnel or holders of NPS leases. Please respect their privacy.
Public facilities are limited. Restrooms can be found in the Theodore and Annie Salter House and there are compost toilets on the road past the Life Saving Station.
Guided walking tours of Portsmouth Village are offered seasonally. More information can be found on the Ranger Programs webpage.
Download the audio tour of Portsmouth and explore the history of this once bustling port town.
Village trails can be difficult to walk due to standing water and sandy soils. The buildings are not wheel chair accessible.
Be sure to bring insect repellent, drinking water, food, sunscreen, adequate clothing, a hat, and good walking shoes. Be prepared for the notorious mosquitoes and unpredictable weather.
Portsmouth Village is a protected historic and archeological site.
Did You Know?
“Cool houses” made use of the sea breezes to keep perishable foods—like eggs and milk—cool so they would stay fresh longer. Cape Lookout National Seashore