3. Cape Hatteras… The First National Seashore

There are many firsts on the Outer Banks, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore is one of them.  If you are looking for a place where you and your family can enjoy absolutely pristine beaches and an amazing wildlife habitat, look no further.  Cape Hatteras National Seashore is exactly what you are looking for.

South of Nags Head, with the exception of a few small towns, most of the land for the next 75 miles to the tip of Ocracoke Island forms the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  It was the first area declared by the U.S. Government as a National Seashore.

Located in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, the park serves as a major resting and feeding grounds for migratory birds. Federal authorities have gone to great lengths to protect several endangered species including the piping plover and the loggerhead sea turtle.  The Park conducts regular activities, some that are especially for kids, where you can discover more about the seashore and its inhabitants.

Vacationers can take advantage of the campgrounds in the park. For a nominal fee you can camp for up to two weeks and enjoy the ocean with all its natural beauty.

Along the sound the sight of brightly colored kites signal the areas where kiteboarding offers thrills and spills for those adventurous enough to dare.  Take a little time and watch the riders dart and skip over the waves while they control their colorful kites.

An area known as Canadian Hole, where the ocean lies close to the sound, draws many windsurfers. These shallow waters provide a wide area where windsurfers can glide along the water without interfering with boats or other watercraft.

Kayaking and canoeing have become very popular here too. The ocean offers the challenge of navigating from the beach through the surf to calmer waters past the breakers. The sound provides a more tranquil area where serious bird watchers and nature lovers can enjoy the calm waters and observe the local birds and animals in their natural habitat.

No matter what draws you to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you will find the stark beauty and quiet may just keep bringing you and your family back to learn more about his amazing place and enjoy everything it has to offer.

http://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm

Off road vehicle information:

http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/beachactivities.htm#ORV

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