Hatteras Island Visitor Center

Two doors at the entrance to the wooden Hatteras Island Visitor Center.

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Buxton, NC
Visitor Center

Cellular Signal, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Information, Parking - Auto, Parking - Boat Trailer, Parking - Bus/RV, Recycling, Restroom - Accessible, Water - Bottle-Filling Station, Wheelchair Accessible

The Hatteras Island Visitor Center is where you can replenish your water bottles, purchase or pick-up off-road vehicle permits, use the restroom facilities, or browse the items for sale in the gift shop.

Off-road Vehicle Permits

Accessing all ocean and sound beaches with a vehicle requires an off-road vehicle permit. Two types of off-road vehicle permits are available for purchase. They are

- a 7-day permit ($50, valid for 7 consecutive days) or
- an annual permit ($120, valid for the calendar year).

Remember to keep the permit in the glove box of your permitted vehicle and the proof-of-permit sticker (or print-at-home proof) clearly visible on the driver side of the windshield.

Permits can only be purchased on theĀ Cape Hatteras Off-road Vehicle Permit page at . With the online process, you can print a 30-day temporary permit at home until the permanent proof-of-permit sticker is received via US mail.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Last updated: March 1, 2021