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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Well-known as the birthplace of flight, this destination offers six parks and wildlife areas, including: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the nation's first national seashore; Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, an enclave for some of the country's best bird watching and wildlife viewing; Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, home to more than 200 species of birds; and Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, one of the best remaining examples of a mid-Atlantic maritime forest with deciduous hardwoods.
Well known as the birthplace of flight, this destination offers six parks and wildlife areas, including: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the nation's first national seashore; Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, an enclave for some of the country's best bird-watching and home to over 400 species of birds; Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife refuge including more than 150,000 acres of wetland habitats; and Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, one of the best remaining examples of a mid-Atlantic maritime forest with deciduous hardwoods.
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The renowned black-and-white-striped lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be closed for repair this summer, as it was last year--a disappointment for visitors and a financial blow to the park and area businesses.
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