This is the first national seashore in the country and includes a combination of natural and historic attractions, such as lighthouses and lifesaving stations. Picnic, camping, and interpretive programs are offered seasonally at various locations.
Established 70 years ago as a conservatory, the 6,000 acre reserve is home to more than 365 species of birds plus the endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Bring your camera; Pea Island is a shutterbug's and bird watcher's paradise. Observation platforms are near the parking areas. Make sure you stop by the turtle pond.
Visit the monument celebrating where man first took flight located near Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills. Containing a recently refurbished replica of the original Wright Flyer as well as other memorabilia of the First Flight, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and Visitor Center commemorates one of America's historic moments. A nearby sand dune supports the Memorial Pylon. On the extensive grounds around the visitor center/museum there are historical markers and a reconstructed hanger and shop as well as lectures and exhibits. A great way to spend the day!
Open daily from 9am til 5pm
Ocracoke Island is a 14-mile picturesque fishing village. Once home to Blackbeard the pirate, who was slain here in 1718. British Cemetery, which features graves of four Royal Navy sailers, who were killed in 1942. Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still operating in North Carolina, built in 1823. The National Park Service operates a visitor center May through September.
Deep sea fishing, kayaking, surfing, kite boarding, horseback riding, lighthouse tours, paddle boarding-- these are only a handfull of the many local activities located on or within minutes of Cape Hatteras KOA
Often dubbed the "Windsurfing Capital of the World" steady winds and shallow sounds provides windsurfing opportunities during the spring, summer and fall. Outfitters are located throughout the area providing lessons, clinics, equipment rental and purchase.
Hatteras Island is known for being one of the premier kiteboarding destination locations in the world. Take advantage of the area's ideal conditions and either learn how to kiteboard from a PASA certified school, or stop in at Waves Village Watersports Resort or the Canadian Hole and watch others strap into a specially design board and fly through the air with the help of a massive kiteboarding kite.If you are an experienced rider and have your own gear (or wish to rent some from Kitty Hawk Kites), be sure take advantage of the free launch site at Waves Village!
Once you wander down Buxton Woods Trail for several minutes, it's easy to forget that you're on a thin barrier island that's surrounded by water and covered in sand.Take in the diverse maritime forest ecosystem up close, listen to the birds chirping, and traverse a few of the highest points on Hatteras Island. The start and end of the trail's loop is at the Buxton Woods picnic area.
Some 400+ species of birds have been spotted at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is the patch of island located just south of Oregon Inlet and the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers many opportunities to learn about the area's superb wildlife diversity and unmatched natural beauty.Be sure to bring along your binoculars and take a leisurely stroll down the soundside boardwalk near the The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Also, don't miss the small turtle pond near the beginning of the boardwalk, located directly across from the building that houses the bathrooms.