one can begin to imagine what a truly unique and
serene place the Village of Hatteras is without
visiting here. The end of the island almost seems
like the end of the world when you finally arrive.
Hatteras offers an odd blend of old time fishing
tradition combined with the glitz and glamour of
modern sportfishing style fishing yachts. No visit
to Cape Hatteras or Hatteras Village could be complete
without witnessing those offshore sportfishing yachts
rumbling in after a day at sea and then unloading
their catch on the village's marina docks. Here
link to Hatteras.
Village is located on the extreme SW end of Cape Hatteras
Island but the actual geography takes a little explanation.
At the north end of the island you will enter by crossing
the Oregon Inlet bridge. After leaving the bridge you will
see signs mentioning Pea Island and the Pea Island Wildlife
Station. Pea Island? Wait a minute. I thought I was on Hatteras
Island. Well, actually you are.... at least now you are
on Hatteras Island heading toward Cape Hatteras.
years Cape Hatteras was divided in two islands several times.
At one time it was divided by a hurricane at a place that
you will see about five miles south of The Bonner Bridge
that was named New Inlet. You will need to watch closely
because New Inlet actually closed itself up and is nothing
more then an unimproved paved boat ramp now. If you look
out toward the sound while you are passing it, you will
notice some old dilapidated wood pilings that look like
they might have been the old bridge over New Inlet but those
pilings are actually the remains of on old train trestle.
A train on a sand island you might be asking? At one time
the entire Hatteras Island was covered with live oak trees.
The resulting logging industry here was so valuable that
the industry built a train system just to transport their
the name Hatteras often brings to mind the tallest brick
the United States
at 208 feet tall the actual lighthouse itself is located
in the neighboring village of Buxton. So the Village of
Hatteras was actually named after the island which was named
after the original native American Hatteras tribe.
add up the score. We have an island with a village named
for the island and a lighthouse named also for the island
and not the village. When anyone brings up any subject about
"Hatteras" we basically assume that we are talking about
all of Hatteras Island and not necessarily just the village.
With plenty of Hatteras Island tackle shops, restaurants,
motels and other businesses available it may be a little
bit confusing but Hatteras sure makes a very inviting place
to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities.
Local Controversy Should Be A National Concern!
you agree or disagree with the politics involved, Hatteras
Island is deeply embroiled in some serious issues for its
survival. Along with the fuel and housing crunch that all
American's are currently feeling, the local businesses and
citizens have been forced to take an active roll in defending
North Carolina's previously free and open beaches which
have always been the basis of the local economy. To hear
our local's point of view please visit
Island Free Press and also watch this eye opening
Driving on the Beach/Beach Access Map
National Park Service has instituted their new ORV
Plan for Hatteras Island. This new plan includes
a regulation requiring a special permit for driving
on the beach on Hatteras Island. Visitors can pick
up a permit at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse or the Ocracoke Visitor Center. Two types
of permits are available ($50 for 7 days or $120
for a full calendar year). You will also be required
to watch a very informative seven minute video in
order to get this permit and we highly recommend
everyone watch this even if you have no plans to
drive on the beach because it discusses things like
dogs on the beach and fires, fireworks, kites, frisbees,
balls, etc. You can find this video
and also a link to the most current NPS beach closure
and access maps by clicking [HERE].
Hatteras Island juts out easterly into the Atlantic Ocean
which make the the warm waters of the Gulf Stream come extremely
close to Cape Hatteras. This location offers a perfect
environment for the early northern migration of many ocean
species of fish both inshore and offshore. When the fish
arrive it doesn’t take long for the word to circulate and
anglers from all over will line up at “The Point” for an
opportunity to catch their own fish of a lifetime.
Hatteras Island is also the home of the
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club
with a membership of over 900. CHAC holds an invitational
surf fishing team tournament every fall as well as also
sending its own members to represent CHAC at several tournaments
along the East Coast. CHAC is a great place for visiting
fishermen to make contact and get the most up to date information
on what is happening at Cape Hatteras, NC.
On Your Activity of Interest)
Basic Travel Preparation
I am often asked to provide a list of things that
I might consider to be basic travel preparations.
One of the things that many visitors are always
concerned about is exactly what our area has available
in case of medical emergencies. Rest assured that
Hatteras Island has exceptional medical attention
always available. Please visit this
page for a listing of medical and dental facilities
that are currently available.
Neighbors and Businesses
Hatteras has several small neighborhoods with a
variety of variously priced homes. Beware though,
even with the current housing crunch beach property
still doesn't come cheap. The main highway is State
Route 12 which runs through the center of Hatteras
Village and has several motels along it. Many of
the homes in and around the Village of Hatteras
are available for weekly rental. Hatteras is also
the home to the NCDOT ferry dock which is part of
the awesome NC ferry systems. There is also a very
active and high quality US Coast Guard Station
located at Hatteras.