Cape Hatteras National Seashore
The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a long-time destination for beach goers. The area’s rich history and natural beauty is accompanied by over a hundred miles of natural shoreline. Most of which belongs to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, our country’s first national seashore and one of only 10 in existence.
The National Seashore extends more than 70 miles from South Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet, covering 30,000 acres. This first national seashore in the country includes natural and historic attractions, such as lighthouses and lifesaving stations. The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway traverses through this great wild and scenic coastal landscape also, encompassing the unique maritime culture of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and 21 other coastal villages. Picnic areas, camping and interpretive programs are offered seasonally along the seashore.
There’s one part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore that may look familiar. The black and white swirly stripes of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are an iconic image of the East Coast and America. The 200-year-old structure is among the tallest brick lighthouses in the world. Don’t hesitate to take your time climbing up the steps. You’ll be rewarded with a view that’s simply incredible. The ocean’s horizon can bring out a love for nature. Luckily, the National Seashore is located on some of America’s best fishing grounds. And the season runs year-round both offshore and inshore. Canoeing, boating, biking and birdwatching are other great ways to make your way around The Outer Banks. And whenever you’re on a beach keep your eyes out for sea glass and sea shells. These are treasured keepsakes.