Cape Hatteras National Seashore


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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Address:1401 National Park Dr
Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:252-473-2111
Fax:252-473-2595
Web: www.nps.gov/caha/
Size: 30,351 acres.
Established: Authorized on August 17, 1937. Its lands include 5,915-acre Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge (see separate entry in national wildlife refuges chapter), administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Location:Cape Hatteras stretches north to south across three islands: Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke. The islands are linked by NC 12, which is the only major route through the park. From the north, NC 158 accesses the Outer Banks at Kitty Hawk, and then intersects NC 12 at the park's northern entrance below Nags Head. US 64 comes in from the west at Roanoke Island, and also intersects NC 12 at the park's northern entrance. State-operated toll ferries access the park's southern entrance at Ocracoke Island from Cedar Island or Swan Quarter, NC.
Facilities:Campgrounds, picnic area, rest rooms (é), groceries, off-road vehicle trail, boat ramp, bathhouse, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, crabbing, surfing, hunting, bicycling, bird-watching, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Stretched over 70 miles of barrier islands, Cape Hatteras National Seashore includes a number of natural and cultural resources. 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. The Ocracoke Lighthouse (built in 1823) is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the 208-foot Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (built in 1870) is the tallest in the United States.

See other parks in North Carolina.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore has announced that it will now be closed to the use of personal watercraft (PWC).
When the light was built at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the ocean.
North Carolina legislators have proposed building a second jetty at Oregon Inlet, one of the few breaches in the hundred-mile-long series of barrier islands called the Outer Banks that make Cape Hatteras National Seashore so distinctive.
A vacation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is full of contrasting sensations and sights: burning feet on hot sand; a cold outdoor shower to wash off the sea salt; cool evening breezes caressing sunburned skin; and hundreds of sand crabs diving for cover as beachcombers stroll past leaching for the sea's treasures.
Toward the Northern end of the strip of sand, dunes, and barrier island that constitute Cape Hatteras National Seashore, some concrete tanks jut out from the beach.