Cape Hatteras National Seashore Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

The park is open year round. Park visitor centers at Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, September through May (except for Christmas) and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer.

Getting There


The Norfolk, VA (ORF)Airport is 100 miles distance. Raleigh-Durham, NC (RDU) Airport is 200 miles distance.


There are three major accesses to NC Highway 12, which is the only major route through the park. From the north, US Highway 158 accesses the Outer Banks at Kitty Hawk, and then intersects NC Highway 12 at the park's northern entrance below Nags Head, NC. From the west U.S. Highway 64-264 comes over Roanoke Island, and intersects NC Highway 12 at the park's northern entrance. NC Highway 12 may be used from the south (ferry transportation and reservations required; call 1-800-BY FERRY) from Morehead City/Beaufort NC area.

Public Transportation

The Seashore's southern entrance is located on NC-12 just north of Ocracoke, NC (assessible by ferry only).

Getting Around

Personal vehicle, bicycle (a partial bike path exists along some stretches of Highway 12; use caution on busy two-lane highway).

There are a variety of short trails in the park, as well as long stretches of pristine beach. ORV access to the beach is permitted in several areas.

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