Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Introduction

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is located in North Carolina. The national seashore preserves an area of the Outer Banks between Bodie Island and Ocracoke Island. These islands are constantly changing due to shifting currents, tides, and weather. The area is rich in history and historical figures. The most notorious of these figures is likely Blackbeard, the 18th-century pirate who was known to pillage ships along the Atlantic Coast.

There is much to see and do at the national seashore. Two lighthouses are open for self-guided tours including Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse in North America. Many different types of wildlife can be found in the water and on land including five species of sea turtles. Fly a kite in the breezy Atlantic air or see what shells you may find on the beach. On hot summer days, take a dip in the salty water of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are four campgrounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, all of which can accommodate RVs. Reservations can be made in advance online or over the phone. All campgrounds are located near the beach, separated only by dunes. There are many modern amenities at the seashore to make your stay comfortable, such as restrooms with showers. Pets are welcome at the park but must be leashed.

Park Alerts (2)

[Information] Buxton & Ocracoke Beach Access parking areas closed to support debris cleanup efforts

The Seashore has temporarily closed the Buxton & Ocracoke Beach Access parking areas to support Dare & Hyde County debris cleanup efforts. The areas will remain closed until debris removal operations are finished.

[Caution] Swim Safe! Rip Current Information [+ Info]

Headed to the beach? Before you go, check the daily rip current forecast and learn more by clicking the link. Text "Join OBXBeachConditions" to 30890 to sign up for text alerts on beach conditions.

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Transportation in Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Driving

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is located in North Carolina. The north entrance to the seashore is located in Nags Head at the US-64 and NC-12 junction. The south entrance to the park is accessible only by ferry near Ocracoke Village. If taking the ferry, check departure times and note that some routes require a reservation.

Once at the national seashore, visitors should find it easy to get around, even with large rigs. The campgrounds can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet long. Parking is limited. If bringing more than one vehicle, you’ll want to make arrangements to reserve an extra campsite or leave the car outside of the park. Some beach areas are accessible only by off-road, 4-wheel drive vehicles.

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Campgrounds and parking in Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Campsites in Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Reservations camping

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Campgrounds

There are four campgrounds at the national seashore which are Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke. While all campgrounds can accommodate RVs, Oregon Inlet is the only campground with utility hookups at some campsites.

The campgrounds are open from April to November. Reservations can be made in advance online or by phone. Each campground is separated from the beach by sand dunes with the exception of Frisco which is within the dunes. All campgrounds have restrooms with non-heated showers and each campsite has a picnic table and grill. There are no shade trees throughout the campgrounds.

Leashed pets are allowed at the park, but not at designated swim beaches or in park buildings. Camping is not permitted on the beach.

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