Located near both Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, the gorgeous Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of the Outer Banks most scenic points of interest. The National Seashore stretches across 70 miles of shoreline, encompasses seven villages on Hatteras Island, and provides visitors with quiet, scenic beaches, as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast. Cape Hatteras National Seashore ought to be in your vacation plan to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Here’s why.
There are many opportunities for scenic ventures here in the Outer Banks. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a fantastic idea for a relaxing beach day. For more things to do while you’re here, be sure to download the free Vacation Guide from Shoreline OBX. It’s full of great ideas to help you make the very best vacation plan to the Outer Banks.
Beautiful Views at Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is perfect for bird watching as many species migrate through the area to take advantage of the coastal ecosystem. In fact, over 400 species have been spotted in and around the area! The population of birds here changes with the season, but you can refer to this checklist to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.
Beautiful Night Skies
The night skies of Cape Hatteras are some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi River. So, no matter the time of year, you can enjoy incredible stargazing all along Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
There are two historic lighthouses that offer full moon climbs, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse. These unique experiences provide visitors a chance to look at the night sky from a different perspective, offering them some of the most beautiful views. Expect to climb over 200 steps at both lighthouses, 257 to be exact at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is the tallest brick lighthouse in North America.
Okracoke Island, the southern island in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, is home to a herd of banker ponies. You can enjoy a beautiful view of Ocracoke and the herd of ponies from two viewing decks found at the Pony Pen & Parking Lot. The Ocracoke ponies have a long and storied history that extends to today’s care of them.
Spending time on the sandy beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore is without a doubt a memorable experience. You can enjoy walking along the beach, sitting around a beach fire, flying kites in the warm summer breezes, picnicking, searching for shells, sculpting sand into works of art, and you can even drive your car onto the beach! The Cape Hatteras National Seashore remains one of the last locales on the Eastern Seaboard where visitors can hop in the truck, take to the sand, and explore miles of open shoreline from the comfort of their truck. For the rules and regulations for driving on the beach, you can check out the 4×4-driving guide.
Find a Vacation Rental Near the Ocean
After enjoying Cape Hatteras National Seashore, come back to your home away from home here at Shoreline OBX Rentals. Our staff will help you find the perfect vacation rental for your stay in the Outer Banks. Shoreline OBX also offers some of the best deals in the area for all of your vacation needs. Download our free Vacation Guide to learn about all of the other fun activities and beautiful views here in OBX.