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Area Guide

Corolla
Duck
Southern Shores
Kitty Hawk
Kill Devil Hills
Nags Head
Roanoke Island
Hatteras Island
Ocracoke

WEATHER
MEDIA
EVENTS

August 1 - 2
Hatteras Jack's
Tri-Village Inshore Slam
Fishing Tournament

August 8
10th Annual Kitty Hawk
Kites Ocean Games
5 Mile Kayak Race,
Sandcastle Contests &
Kite Flying Demos

August 9
8th Annual OBX Sandbar
5K Beach Run/Walk

August 13
Life is Good Festival
Family Entertainment,
Games & Activities

August 18
Virginia Dare Faire
Free Family Activities,
Crafts, Games, Cake &
Ice Cream

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MAPS & DIRECTIONS
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Hatteras Island, North Carolina

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25 MILES FROM THE MAINLAND...

...where the Gulf Stream meets the Labrador Current, stands Hatteras Light.

In 1953, a 72-mile stretch of the Outer Banks from Nags Head to Ocracoke Island was set aside as the nation's first National Seashore. Today, most of Hatteras Island remains protected by that designation and is a one of the country's most visited National Parks. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore encompasses some of the most historic and environmentally fragile real estate in the world and is a paradox in many ways.

The Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci set foot on the beach here in the 16th Century. Four hundred years later, the wreckage of ships destroyed by German U-boats washed up on the same beaches. Blackbeard the Pirate once terrorized shipping from his base at Ocracoke. Today, the only terrifying aspect of a trip to that beautiful island is a wait at the ferry docks.

Wind and water shape the island's dunes and inlets, and yet a maritime forest at Buxton provides a calm oasis. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, tallest in the nation, was nearly claimed by the Atlantic Ocean but was rescued in the nick of time in 1999 by moving the entire structure away from the sea.

But perhaps most importantly is the fact that Hatteras Island is one of the last places on earth where you can go on the Fourth of July weekend and stake out a stretch of beach to call your very own.


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