Things to Do in Hatteras: Wildlife Refuges & Programs

Wildlife watching is one of the favorite things to do in Hatteras. Some areas of Hatteras Island have special protections in place for wildlife. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the north end of the island, while the National Park Service manages Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the majority of the island. The state of North Carolina manages Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve as well. Visitors in these areas should pay special attention to rules and regulations concerning wildlife in these areas. At some times of the year, beaches and other areas are closed to protect native or visiting wildlife. Signs are usually posted, but it’s in your best interest to research the rules online before you go. Here are some places where you can find out more about Hatteras Island wildlife refuges and the ways to experience them.