National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) offers a variety of nature-focused educational programs for adults and children, which are free and only require a simple reservation. They also staff our Visitor Center, which is a great place to find maps and personal recommendations to help you make the most of your time on the island.
**The National Park Service has implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners, and contractors. At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities, including visitor centers and museums. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including beaches and trails. The Ocracoke Island Visitor Center is temporarily closed to minimize potential spread of COVID-19.**
As part of ensuring our beaches remain pristine, the NPS manages off-road vehicle permits for the drivable sections of our beach, beach fire permits, and reservations for our beachfront campground. Apply for an ORV permit here. Apply for a free beach fire permit here. Reserve a spot at the NPS beachfront campground here.