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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Lighthouses from A to Z

Throughout history, the watery perils that exist off North Carolina's coast have endangered mariners as well as any ocean going passengers. Hundreds of ships have fallen prey to formidable currents, fierce storms, and shifting shoals in the infamous "Graveyard of the Atlantic." The construction of lighthouses on the Outer Banks, therefore, was crucial to protect both lives and commerce against the hazards of the sea.

Two tall coastal lights, Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras, were built in the 1870s to warn ships traveling along the Outer Banks of the dangerous shoals along the islands. The Ocracoke Lighthouse, a harbor light at the southern end of the seashore, was completed in 1823 as a light to mark Ocracoke Inlet and Silver Lake.

Today, these three light stations, so called because they have multiple buildings including a lighthouse and a keepers' dwelling, still serve as active aids-to-navigation along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.


Access and seashore updates from the National Park Service

Access to the tip of Cape Point remains open via an ORV-only corridor. Tomorrow will mark the latest day in the spring season that Cape Point has been accessible to visitors since 2008, according to Karol Jones, Hatteras Island District Ranger for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. 
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First Sea Turtle Nest of the 2017 Nesting Season Found at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

One of the first three sea turtle nests in North Carolina was found at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the morning of May 9, 2017. The nest is located at the north end of Avon Village and is the earliest documented Loggerhead sea turtle nest on the beaches of the Seashore since at least 2002. 
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Ocracoke pony herd has a new member

On May 7, 2017, a pony named Jitterbug, originally from Shackleford Banks, gave birth to the newest foal on Ocracoke. 
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CHNS Commercial Services Orientation and Open House Explains Commercial Uses within the Park

On Friday, April 28, a collection of local business owners and Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) representatives met at the Hatteras Realty Avon office to review the Commercial Use Authorization Program that allows for-profit businesses to conduct activities, tours, etc. in the National Seashore. 
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National Park Service Honors Outer Banks Group Volunteers

During National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, the National Park Service celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. This past year, these volunteers donated a total of 17,791 hours to the Outer Banks Group. 
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Lighthouses will open for climbing April 21

Outer Banks Group Superintendent Dave Hallac has announced that the Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 21 through Monday, October 9. Ticket sales begin daily at 9 am with the last tickets sold at 4:30 pm at each site. 
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ORV Corridor Established near Cape Point

Spring of 2017 is shaping up to be an early shorebird nesting season, and a corridor was established at Cape Point on Tuesday morning, March 28, due to American oystercatcher nesting activity.
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National Park Service Announced Improvements to Frisco Day Use Area

Work began last week on the Frisco Day Use Area to replace the viewing platform and boardwalk that was severely damaged during Hurricane Matthew. A temporary sand pathway at the southern end of the parking lot will provide a pedestrian access path to the beach for the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be completed by May 2017.  
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2017 Campground Season

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season will begin in mid-April. The Oregon Inlet and Cape Point campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, April 14 and the Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds will open on Friday, April 21. All four campgrounds will remain open until the season ends on November 27, 2017. 
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NPS will publish amended final rule for ORVs in Federal Register

The National Park Service said today that it will publish some changes to the final rule on off-road vehicles in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Federal Register tomorrow -- on Dec. 21.

The changes are the final step in requirements that Congress mandated in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
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