Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a 72-mile series of barrier islands full of fun and adventure along the North Carolina coastline. From Nags Head to Ocracoke Island, vacationers will find Cape Hatteras National Seashore brimming with excitement and plenty of activities for all ages.

The beach is always a treat and with the miles of sugar white sand scrunching under your toes, it is the perfect place to catch some rays, take a stroll at sunset, search for uninhabited seashells, or create imaginative sandcastles.

Water activities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore offer canoeing and kayaking - and enthusiasts plenty of open water, ponds, salt marshes, and inlets for exploration. Anglers looking to make the catch of the day have access to charter boat rentals for offshore fishing. Along with boating and fishing, kite boarding and windsurfing are high-flying adventures over the Atlantic.

For a day trip around the islands, spring and fall are the best seasons for bird watching at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Over 300 species call the area home. Climb to the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for the scenic view and visit the museum for historical information. Bodie Lighthouse and Ocracoke Island Lighthouse-the oldest lighthouse in use in North Carolina-are picturesque symbols of the past. 

When visiting Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you have a choice in accommodations from quaint motels to cozy inns. For campers, there are several campgrounds equipped with restrooms, unheated showers, grills, tables, and potable water. Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, and Frisco are on a first-come-first-served basis. Ocracoke Campground accepts reservations during the season.

For a memorable vacation in a natural setting where the only sounds you will hear are ocean waves and gulls calling, then make your plans for the Outer Banks of North Carolina and enjoy the peace and solitude of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 

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