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Visitor examining a blue crab

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The First National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the nation’s first national seashore, was established in 1937 to preserve significant segments of unspoiled barrier islands along North Carolina’s stretch of the Atlantic Coast. Barrier islands are narrow, low-lying, dynamic landforms which parallel ocean coasts, are separated from the mainland, and are constantly moving and reshaping in response to storms, ocean currents, sea level changes, and wave and wind action. These processes continue to influence the islands today through the processes of erosion and accretion of the shoreline; overwash across the islands; and the formation, migration, and closure of the inlets.

 
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    News

    News Releases for Cape Hatteras National Seashore

  • Photos and Multimedia

    Photos and Video From Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    History and Culture

    The History and Culture of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Nature

    The Natural World of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Science and Research

    The Science and Research Occurring at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Education

    Educational Programs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Kids and Youth

    Programs for Children at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Management

    Management and Policies of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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    Park Store

    Visit the Eastern National Park Stores at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Last updated: November 3, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive

Manteo , NC 27954

Phone:

252 473-2111

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