The first national seashore in the country, Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches more than 70 miles along parts of three islands: Bodie Island (just south of Nags Head), Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island. It is a place for recreation, immersion in nature and inspiration for humans as well as a safe haven for a variety of wildlife. The beautiful barrier island environment is a place where ocean, sound, dunes, estuaries and maritime forest come together in stunning formation. Managed by the National Park Service, the 30,351-acre park includes three lighthouses (Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Ocracoke Lighthouse), four campgrounds (Oregon Inlet Campground, Cape Hatteras Campground, Frisco Campground and Ocracoke Campground), three visitors centers, a variety of beach access facilities and activities, soundside access points, boat ramps, nature trails, family-oriented programs and more. Fishing, surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, swimming, shell-seeking, hiking, camping, off-road driving, hunting, birding and wildlife viewing are just some of the activities permitted in the seashore. In addition to offering recreational resources for millions of visitors a year, Cape Hatteras National Seashore has a commitment to the preservation of the barrier island environment and its wildlife, which results in temporary closures of beaches from time to time. For all of the information about Cape Hatteras National Seashore, click here.
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