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Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore © Eric Hoffman
1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, North Carolina   27954

Phone: 252-473-2111
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.
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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.


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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