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!
A place to engage your senses
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Climbing the Lighthouses
From the third Friday in April through Columbus Day, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse are open for climbing.
Sea Turtles on the Seashore
Sea turtles are summertime visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches. For public nest excavations, call 252–475–9629.
Last updated: April 30, 2019