Natural beauty abounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Birds migrate through, taking advantage of the coastal ecosystems. The night skies of Cape Hatteras are some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi River, making star-gazing a wonder to behold, while the sunrises and sunsets are artistic displays of color. Ocracoke Island, the southern island in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, is home to a herd of banker ponies. Different wildflowers signal changes in the seasons.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a wonderful place to look for birds. Over 400 species have been spotted in and around the seashore, though the number and types of birds viewable here changes with the season, as well as the habitat you visit. Refer to the checklist to see when certain species are around, or where you might find them.
Bodie Island Marsh BlindA wildlife-viewing platform (Bodie Island Marsh Blind) will be available for all visitors to use starting April 1, 2020. The Bodie Island Marsh Blind will remain open through the middle of November (with a few exceptions in October). Once available, a list of wildlife-viewing platform closure dates for October and November 2020 will be available here.
From December 2019 through March 31, 2020, the wildlife-viewing platform will serve as an accessible hunt blind for hunters with limited mobility.
Some of the darkest night skies in the United States of America east of the Mississippi River are found here, making this an ideal spot for gazing at stars. You can view celestial wonders just about anywhere in the seashore, as well as during any time of year. During the summer and fall, there are full moon climbs offered at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for a chance to look at the night sky from a different perspective.
Last updated: December 4, 2019