Scenic coastal area situated on Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke islands along the Outer Banks, eastern North Carolina, U.S. The park, the country's first national seashore, was authorized in 1937 and established in 1953. It has a total area of 47 sq mi (122 sq km). It includes the tallest (208 ft [63 m]) masonry lighthouse in the country, located at Cape Hatteras.
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Shoreline serenity: untainted and uncrowded, 10 national seashores invite Americans to enjoy idyllic isles and picturesque peninsulas.
Jan 01, 2005; Our country's tallest lighthouse, an endearing landmark in our oldest national Seashore, was saved from the clutches of...