Hatteras, North Carolina

Hatteras, North Carolina

Hatteras is an unincorporated community in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on the Outer Banks island of Hatteras. North Carolina Highway 12 passes through the community linking it to Frisco and Ocracoke (via a ferry in Hatteras). It is south of the famous Cape Hatteras and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton. The inlet that the ferries use is Hatteras Inlet.

Attractions and recreation

Hatteras is best known as a fishing and vacation destination. This community offers visitors ample opportunities for recreation, sightseeing, and remote relaxation especially on its beautiful beaches.

Watersports are plentiful on both the ocean-side and the sound-side of the village. Proximity to the convergence of the Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream result in the largest surf available on the East Coast. On the protected Pamlico Sound side of the island watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and swimming are all readily available and accessible.

Fishing is a major source of recreation as well as revenue in Hatteras. Many boats use Hatteras Inlet, Hatteras Marina, and Oden Docks as ports for their fishing businesses. In fact, the Pamlico Sound, which separates Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, is one of the largest estuarine systems in the world and offers an almost limitless variety of fishing opportunities.cite news|editor=Bill Blue|title=Fishing: Hatteras and Ocracoke Style, Sunny Day Guide|publisher=Surfside East|date=Summer 2007|page=34, 63-65]

Recent history

Hatteras Island was cut in half on September 18, 2003, [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE5D7103AF933A1575AC0A9659C8B63 "AFTER THE STORM: THE SCENE; Fickle Isabel Devastates Parts of Hatteras", in "The New York Times", September 20, 2003] ] . Retrieved May 8, 2008.] when Hurricane Isabel washed a 3000 feet (900 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep channel called Isabel Inlet through the community of Hatteras Village on the southern end of the island. The tear was subsequently repaired and restored by sand dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb5553/is_200311/ai_n21990484 Hatteras Village, "N.C., Breach Cut by Hurricane Isabel Is Filled with Sand," in "The News & Observer", November 4, 2003] . Retrieved May 8, 2008.]

Public services

Residents of Hatteras are served by the Cape Hatteras Elementary and Secondary School located on NC 12 in Buxton. [ [http://www.dare.k12.nc.us/moxie/schools/CHS/index.shtml Dare County Schools Website] ]



External links

* [http://www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com/ Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum]
* [http://www.nps.gov/caha/ Cape Hatteras National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service]

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