• Dogwoods in bloom during the spring

    Fort Raleigh

    National Historic Site North Carolina

Plan Your Visit

Welcome to the National Park Service Outer Banks Group—Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial!

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.

The national park sites on the Outer Banks are great places to become acquainted with the human events representative of the finest that this country has to offer - the dedication of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, the courage of early English colonists, and the inspiration and commitment of two young brothers from Ohio. Our parks provide a window through which to glimpse and touch the fabric of our national heritage.

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 in the parks!

Did You Know?

Debry map of Virginia

The land west of the Atlantic coastline from Newfoundland to Florida was given the name Virginia by the English. The land was named for the newly discovered unspoiled land and Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen”.