This classic tourist destination became America's first national seashore in 1953 and covers more than 70 miles of coastline and 30,000 acres of beaches, dunes, marshes, and woodlands in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The seashore preserves three iconic lighthouses, constructed to aid sailors navigating the cape’s perilous coastline. Visitors will also find a rich diversity of plant and animal life, including more than 360 documented bird species, and a range of historical sites commemorating maritime traditions, Civil War and World War II battles, and the U.S. Lifesaving Service, a predecessor to the Coast Guard.
A feathery refuge
The piping plover is a federally protected species at Cape Hatteras, threatened due to habitat loss and a past demand for its feathers, used in hats in the 1900s.
More about Cape Hatteras
Regional Events Cape Hatteras Beach Cleanup Join the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) as we partner with the National Park Service in celebration of World Oceans Month at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Letter Opposition to Legislative Proposals at Cape Hatteras, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton NPCA urges Members of the House to Oppose H.R. 2954 when it comes to the House floor tomorrow. Specifically, NPCA opposes provisions to remove protections at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Title V) and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (Title VII).