A place to engage your senses

The sound of ocean waves, the starry night sky, or the calm of the salt marshes, you can experience it all. Shaped by the forces of water, wind, and storms these islands are ever changing. The plants, wildlife, and people who live here adapt continually. Whether you are enjoying the beach, kayaking the sound, or climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse there is something for everyone to explore!

Lifeguard stand at beach

Stay Safe at the Beach

Rip Currents are common at the seashore. Learn tips to be safe.

A black and White lighthouse viewed from the end of a wooden boardwalk

What's Open?

View the current operating status of park facilities as the park responds to the covid-19 pandemic.

Two young girls playing in the sand.

Beach Activities

Spending time on the sandy beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a memorable experience, no matter your activity level.

Visitors enjoying the beach after using their vehicle to get out onto the beach.

Off-Road Vehicles

Off-road vehicle use is allowed in certain areas of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, for both sound and ocean access.

Tents and grill at campsites near the dunes.

Camping Near the Ocean

Four campgrounds are located across Cape Hatteras National Seashore, providing an immersive experience of the barrier islands.

Accessibility

Accessible Features at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Fisherman on beach with ORV

Fishing

Fishing Information at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

A loggerhead sea turtle makes her way back to the ocean after nesting

Sea Turtles on the Seashore

Sea turtles are summertime visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches. For public nest excavations, call 252–475–9629.

Engraving of Blackbeard the pirate

People

Learn about those who came before us at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Seal on the beach

Nature

Learn about the diverse wildlife at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

American Oystercatcher on beach

Birds

Information on Birds of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Last updated: June 30, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:

(252) 473-2111

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