Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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46223 Old Lighthouse Road
Buxton, NC 27920www.nps.gov/caha
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore preserves the portion of the Outer Banks of North Carolina from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island. The National park stretches over 70 miles and is sometimes referred to as the Cape Hatteras National Recreational Seashore by many. Included within this section of barrier islands along N.C. Highway 12, but outside the National Seashore boundaries, are Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and several 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.
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