Cape Hatteras is a 30,000 acre seashore stretching from Bodie Island to Ocacoke Island. It was established in 1953 as the first national seashore. There are some sections of the beaches and dunes that clearly are marked as no entry zones in an effort to protect wildlife in the area, but the beaches are long and there are plenty of spots for you to enjoy their beauty. Generally less crowded that northern beaches where towns are more populated, Cape Hatteras affords a peaceful stroll where you can watch for birds, pick up shells and even, hopefully, find beach glass, a local favorite. There are excellent spots to surf evident by the cars parked alongside the road and the surfers with boards coming and going. In order to fully enjoy the Park, you will want to read up on its flora and fauna as well as the rules necessary to have a challenge-free time. Rules such as pets having to be restrained at all times in the Park can be found at the Park’s comprehensive website. As a general rule, stick to clearly marked paths for entry to the Park and obvious parking areas. You don’t want to get stuck in the sand or trample the dunes, which hold the sea back from the road! The Park is open daily year round. 



Birding Spots