Cape Hatteras National Seashore stretches 70 miles from Nags to Ocracoke Island, protecting a huge portion of the Outer Banks from development and preserving habitat for native wildlife. A great variety of outdoor recreation is available here, including swimming, beach combing, hunting, fishing, watersports, birding, hiking, paddling, biking, environmental education and so much more. Three visitors centers in the seashore offer all the information visitors need to experience this area. One is at the Bodie Island Lighthouse, 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Drive in Nags Head. The Hatteras Island Visitor Center is at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, 46368 Lighthouse Drive in Buxton. The Ocracoke Visitor Center is near the ferry dock on Irvin Garrish Highway in Ocracoke. The centers offer programs daily in the summer months.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to visit visitor centers; most programs free; fee for some activities