Operating Hours & Seasons

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is open year-round, although facilities and programs do change throughout the year. Please check the following list for times certain facilities and tours are available, and check the Calendar for a listing of current ranger program offerings.


Campgrounds

The National Park Service offers four developed campgrounds throughout Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Each campground is unique and offer great opportunities to explore the seashore. Campgrounds are available on Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands.

Visitor Centers, Museums, and Lighthouses

Bodie Island
Bodie Island Visitor Center Mid April - October 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Park Store open.
ORV permits must be purchased at www.recreation.gov.
November 1 - Mid April 9:00 am - 1:00 pm & 1:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Christmas Day Closed
Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing April 27—Early Fall See page. Wed-Sat only
Rest of the year no climbs
Hatteras Island
Hatteras Island Visitor Center Year-round
9:30 am — 4:30 pm
Park Store open.
ORV permits must be purchased at
www.recreation.gov.
Christmas Day Closed
Museum of the Sea Mid April—Columbus Day 9:00 am—6:00 pm
Rest of the year Intermittent
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Climbing Mid to Late April—Columbus Day See page
Rest of the year No climbs
Ocracoke Island
Ocracoke Island Discovery Center Mid-April- October 20




1:30pm - 3:30pm
Monday-Thursday
ORV permits must be purchased at www.recreation.gov.
October 21 - November 21 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
November 22 - December 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Christmas Day
Closed
Rest of the year Intermittent
Ocracoke Lighthouse Base October 22 - November 21 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
November 22 - December 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Rest of the year 10:30 am-12:30 pm Monday- Thursday
 

Last updated: May 3, 2022

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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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