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CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE
CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE
1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, North Carolina   27954

Phone: 252-473-2111
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Stretched over 70 miles of barrier islands, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a fascinating combination of natural and cultural resources, and provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Once dubbed the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for its treacherous currents, shoals, and storms, Cape Hatteras has a wealth of history relating to shipwrecks, lighthouses, and the U.S. Lifesaving Service. These dynamic islands provide a variety of habitats and are a valuable wintering area for migrating waterfowl. The park's fishing and surfing are considered the best on the east coast.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
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Events
May 22 - September 4
Hatteras Island: Soundside Seining
Interested in learning about the Pamlico Sound and the creatures living there? Join a ranger and discover the wonders of the sound. We use seining nets to scoop aquatic wildlife from the water. All participants should come prepared to get wet. Wear water shoes that stay on your feet in the water is required; no flip-flops or Crocs. Without proper footwear, you may not be able to participate in the activities.

Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended. This is an open program-you do NOT need to pre-register or make reservations.

(1 to 1 1/2 hours)

Location: Sandy Bay soundside parking lot, Cape Hatteras National Seashore | Map

Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

May 22 - September 4
Ocracoke Island: Pirates!

Ocracoke was a popular place for Blackbeard and other pirates during the early 1700s. Find out why the island was so attractive to pirates and how the golden age of piracy dramatically ended here. (30 minutes)

Location: Ocracoke Visitor Center, Cape Hatteras National Seashore | Map

Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

May 22 - September 7
Hatteras Island: Light Station Talk
How tall is it? Why was it built? What is a Fresnel lens? When and how was it built? You moved it? Answer these and many more questions about the Cape Hatteras Light Station. (20 minutes)

Location: Hatteras Island Museum Porch, Cape Hatteras National Seashore | Map

Time: 3:15 PM to 3:30 PM

May 22 - September 4
Hatteras Island: The World at War on Hatteras
Learn of the three wars-the American Civil War, World War I, and World War II-that impacted this island. (15 min)

Location: Meet at the Hatteras Island Visitor Center Pavilion, Cape Hatteras National Seashore | Map

Time: 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM

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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 8 a true place of exploration and wonder
You are the visitor in a land full of uncharted wonders. The tidal pools abound with life, birds are commandeering their nesting sights. You can visit over and over and always discover something new.
October 5 Love it!!!! by Debbie G
July 3 National Park Service by Jeanette
The National Park Service is the WORST thing that has ever happened to the Outer Banks! Not allowing a fireworks display on the 4th of July is anti-patriotic and not fair to all the people who paid money to come down here this week and expect to see a display.
May 9 Our Favorite place to get away by Jason Holden
My wife n I had our honeymoon here n 07 n come back every year since. we have awsome memories of this place n hope to have many more years of memories with our 3 kids at this awsome island.. i couldnt think of a better place to go n just get away... The ocean sounds just relieve the stress so just take a few mins to just sit n listen its like having a natural theropist
May 21 One of my favorite parks by Joy McCartney
Visited Bodie Island light house and Cape Hatteras light house and camped out at the Frisco Campground. Great place with a fantastic view! Very relaxing. I highly recommend it to anyone.
September 24 Best beaches in America
I camped Cape Hatteras and it was impressive. The ocean is 80 degrees and the color is aqua. It is a magnificent place to camp.


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Directions
Plane - The Norfolk, VA (ORF)Airport is 100 miles distance. Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU) Airport is 200 miles distance.

Car - There are three major accesses to NC Highway 12, which is the only major route through the park. From the north, US Highway 158 accesses the Outer Banks at Kitty Hawk, and then intersects NC Highway 12 at the park's northern entrance below Nags Head, NC. From the west U.S. Highway 64-264 comes over Roanoke Island, and intersects NC Highway 12 at the park's northern entrance. NC Highway 12 may be used from the south (ferry transportation and reservations required; call 1-800-BY FERRY) from Morehead City/Beaufort NC area.

Public Transportation - State-operated toll ferries access the park's southern entrance at Ocracoke Island from Cedar Island or Swan Quarter (call 1-800-BY-FERRY).

Bus service may be available at Elizabeth City, NC.

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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