Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Infobox protected area
name = Cape Hatteras National Seashore
iucn_category = V

caption =
locator_x = 253
locator_y = 97
location = Outer Banks, Dare County & Hyde County, North Carolina, USA
nearest_city = Nags Head, North Carolina
lat_degrees = 35
lat_minutes = 18
lat_seconds = 13
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 75
long_minutes = 30
long_seconds = 41
long_direction = W
area = 30,319.43 acres
122.70 km²
established = January 12, 1953
visitation_num = 2,260,628
visitation_year = 2005
governing_body = National Park Service

Cape Hatteras National Seashore preserves the portion of the Outer Banks of North Carolina from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island, stretching over 70 miles (110 km). Included within this section of barrier islands along N.C. Route 12, but outside the National Seashore boundaries, are Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and several private communities, such as Rodanthe, Buxton, and Ocracoke.

Once dubbed the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" for its treacherous currents, shoals, and storms, Cape Hatteras has a wealth of history relating to shipwrecks, lighthouses, and the US Lifesaving Service. The islands also provide a variety of habitats and are a valuable wintering area for migrating waterfowl. The park's fishing and surfing are considered the best on the East Coast.

Administrative history

The National Seashore was authorized on August 11, 1937, and established on January 12, 1953. Cape Hatteras National Seashore is co-managed with two other Outer Banks parks, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and is headquartered at Fort Raleigh.


* "The National Parks: Index 2001–2003". Washington: U.S. Department of the Interior.

External links

*Official NPS website: [ Cape Hatteras National Seashore]
* [ "Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes," a National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plan]
* [ Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum]
* [ Outer Banks Preservation Association]
* [ Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance]

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