Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
Most visitors need
An entrance pass is not required to access Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a entrance fee-free park. Permit fees are charged for off-road vehicle use, campground reservations, and lighthouse climbing.
There is no entry fee for Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Check the following table for costs of various services and activities within the park.
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes
The following National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands passes provide reduced activity fee rates as listed above:
Visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes website for additional details about the various passes.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing fees may be waived for educational groups visiting the park as part of their accredited curriculum. The fee waiver application and associated materials must be submitted at least four weeks prior to your visit.
Due to tour number limitations, there is no fee waiver for Bodie Island Lighthouse climbs.
Every Kid in a Park
This initiative allows every fourth-grade student and her or his family to visit over 2,000 federal lands—such as national parks, national forests, and national wildlife refuges—for free! For additional information, and to print off a paper pass, visit everykidoutdoors.gov.
Last updated: May 12, 2023