Best walking trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

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Explore the most popular walking trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of walking trails in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Contact
(252) 473-2111
Top trails (6)
#1 - Bodie Island Light Station Nature Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 9 m
This trail is a wooden boardwalk behind the Bodie Lighthouse that feeds to a marsh overlook. You are likely to see various wildlife on your trip. Check the park website for current information: https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/bils.htm When the lighthouse is open, you can climb the lighthouse to the top. There is a photo book at the Bodie Island Lighthouse that shows pictures of the views from the top of the lighthouse if you are unable to climb the stairs. Accessibility: There are at least 2 designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the parking lot at the visitors center on a paved surface. At least 2 of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. The trail surface is all flat (0-1% grade), wooden boardwalk, and typically at least 6 feet wide. Show more
#2 - Buxton Woods Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
#3 - Hammock Hills Nature Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
NOTE: As of May 27, 2020, users have reported that most of the trail is closed due to hurricane damage and the rest was super muddy and impassable. Please see the park's website for up to date information.Show more
#4 - Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
#5 - South Virginia Dare Trail
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 5 h 42 m
#6 - Cape Hatteras Beach
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m