The sound of ocean waves, the starry night sky, or the calm of the salt marshes, you can experience it all. Shaped by the forces of water, wind, and storms, these islands are ever changing. The plants, wildlife, and people who live here adapt continually. Whether you are walking on the beach, kayaking on the sound, or climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, there is something for everyone to explore!
Preserves and protects 75 miles along North Carolina's Outer Banks, this national seashore includes Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Ocracoke Lighthouse plus visitors centers at Buxton (year-round), Bodie Island and Ocracoke (seasonal).