Several Options Under Discussion To Restore Highway Access Down Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Restoring access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore via Highway 12, which was severed at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge by Hurricane Irene, will not be easily, or quickly, accomplished.

Updated: Cape Lookout National Seashore Heavily Damaged By Hurricane Irene, Other Units Have Varying Degrees Of Damage

Cape Lookout National Seashore, the spot where Hurricane Irene came ashore in the United States last Saturday, was heavily damaged by the storm, according to latest reports. Other National Park System units along the East Coast received varying amounts of damage, but most are open for visitors.

Hurricane Irene Washes Out Road at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Various Damage At Other East Coast National Park Units

Reaching Cape Hatteras National Seashore by vehicle in the near future will be hard, if not impossible, due to breaching of Highway 12 by storm waters from Hurricane Irene.

Dare County, Core Of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Orders Mandatory Evacuation Ahead of Hurricane Irene

With concerns growing that Hurricane Irene could make a direct hit on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, officials for Dare County have ordered a mandatory evacuation of the island that is the setting for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

East Coast National Park Units Bracing For Hurricane Irene

As Hurricane Irene continues plodding towards the Eastern Seaboard, units of the National Park System up and down the coast are preparing for the storm.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Preparing To Hurricane Irene

With Hurricane Irene taking aim on North Carolina, officials at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape Lookout National Seashore were shuttering campgrounds and facilities, closing beaches, and directing visitors to leave the area.

Where Can You Enjoy The Best Wildlife Experiences In the National Park System?

Here at the Traveler we put our heads together to come up with a list of where best to watch wildlife in the National Park System. We're sure you can help us grow this list.

Statewide North Carolina Trail Nearly Completed on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Video

Despite a very rainy Saturday that could have changed the BIG DIG into the BIG DELUGE, the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail attracted volunteers from across North Carolina and came very close to finishing the Blue Ridge Parkway portion of the trail from the Great Smokies to the Outer Banks.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Birds, Turtles, And Humans Have Created An Air of Controversy, Part II

Having deflated the tires of his Suburban so each held only about 20 pounds of pressure, John Couch drives me out onto the seashore under a bright June sun. The ocean is rhythmically slapping the beach, the air is warm, not yet too humid.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Birds, Turtles, And Humans Have Created An Air of Controversy

A dispute over birds, turtles, and humans has filled the air over Cape Hatteras National Seashore with controversy, and has drawn into question the very purpose of the national seashores and the mission of the National Park Service.

Celebrate National Park Lighthouses On August 7, National Lighthouse Day

It's been nearly 225 years since Congress called for lighthouses "beacons, buoys and public piers" to be built for the safety of the public and seafarers. You can celebrate that occasion, which fell August 7, 1789, by visiting one of the many lighthouses across the National Park System.
The Outer Banks (Chapel Hill Books) Though written more than two decades ago, this simply yet descriptively named book by Anthony Bailey could just as easily have been written last year, for many of the issues he broaches -- storms, fishing, and off-road vehicles -- remain today.

Young Girl Bitten By Shark In Surf At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

A young North Carolina girl was recovering Wednesday from a shark attack sustained in the surf at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

National Park Quiz 95: National Seashores

Take this quiz and see whether your knowledge of the national seashores is up to speed. Answers are at the end. Don't peek.

Marking 'Endangered Species Day' In the National Park System

Across the National Park System there are successes to note in pulling species back from the brink of extinction. But there also are stories to lament.

Walking Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Part 2

CAHA - on the beach
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina travels the length of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Danny Bernstein, the author, walked the beach and reports on her experience. This is part two.

Walking Cape Hatteras National Seashore - Part 1

On the Dunes
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina travels the length of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Danny Bernstein, the author, walked the beach and reports on her experience. This is part one.

"State of Birds" Report Points To Value of National Parks, Other Public Lands For Birds

The Interior Department's 2011 "State of the Birds" report focuses on the importance that national parks, and other public landscapes, provide for hundreds of bird species.

Reflecting On The "State Of The National Parks" In The Wake Of National Park Week

Handling endangered and threatened species and off-road vehicles, scalping campsite reservations, and the interpreting of parks by smartphone are among the things to wonder about in the wake of National Park Week.

Unforeseen Repairs Will Idle Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Indefinitely

Have you ever started a home remodeling project, only to discover partway through that there's more work than you anticipated needing to be done? That's the case at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where unforeseen repairs will keep the Bodie Island Light dark for an indefinite period.

Summer Special: Windshield Touring in the Eastern Parks

The National Park System is renowned for scenic drives. These traverses, loops, and shuttles in the eastern parks deserve a place on your windshield touring short list.

A Guide To Help You Enjoy Your Visit to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Lighthouse

With tours of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at the national seashore of the same name set to begin for the season April 15, a new guide has arrived to help you better appreciate your visit.

April Fool's Story On Cape Hatteras Not Funny To All Readers

The issue of access on Cape Hatteras National Seashore is among the most contentious in the National Park System.

Congress Slashes $101 Million From National Park Service Budget. More To Come?

One-thirteenth of 1 percent of the federal budget gets you funding for the entire National Park System and the agency that oversees it. Yet that miniscule sliver hasn't stopped Congress from eyeing the National Park Service for cuts to help rein-in the federal deficit.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Campgrounds to Begin Opening April 1

If spring is your favorite time to visit Cape Hatteras National Seashore, then you'll be happy to know that the Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds are scheduled to open for business on April 1. Really!

Give Us A National Park, But Please, Not Its Regulations

We love our national parks. We love the wildlife they hold, the seashores with their sparkling sands, the forests with their wildlife and hiking trails, the soaring red-rock cliffs and plunging canyons. But please, don't ask us to abide by their regulations.

The Annual Meeting of the Dumb and Dumber National Park Visiting Society

Organizations that start out small and simple can expect to end up large and complex, but what can be expected of an organization that starts out small and stupid?

Several "Firsts" in the Civil War Occurred at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

The barrier islands of North Carolina may not have seen the same level of action in the Civil War as places like Gettysburg, but the area was the site of several important "firsts" in the War. Do you know what they were?

North Carolina Politicians Ask Interior Secretary To Allow More ORV Access At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Three members of North Carolina's congressional delegation have asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to find a way to allow increased off-road vehicle access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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Restoration of Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Hits a Snag

Anyone who's ever taken on a major home repair project knows this version of Murphy's Law: "It will take longer than you think, and will cost more than you planned." That's unfortunately the situation at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where restoration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse has hit a serious snag.