It’s no secret Hatteras Island is a treasure trove for photographers. From macro to micro, from stars to starfish, photography lovers will find something to capture around every corner. But despite its photo fame, Hatteras Island still has some hidden spots many tourists haven’t discovered yet. We asked our professional staff photographer Dan Murphy to reveal some of those secret locations, and these are five of his favorites.
Located on the edge of the sound in Avon, the Avon Harbor serves as a focal point for the town’s proud history as a fishing village. The original fish house has since closed, but the spectacular views have not stopped! At this hidden spot locals love, the sunsets are served free all year round. Next time you’re in town, make sure to take a ride through the historic village neighborhood down Harbor Road.
Haulover Day Use Area, aka Canadian Hole
Less than two miles south of Avon, Hatteras Island is just 300 yards wide between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound. The area was once named the “Haulover” because it was easier to haul boats over the island than go all the way up to Oregon Inlet. It’s also one of the only places on the continental USA to watch the sunrise and sunset over a body of water. With that said, it makes for amazing photos from sunup to sundown.
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore undeveloped areas
Whether you’re looking for a day trip down the coast or a simpler part of the barrier islands to call home for a week, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is the place to be. It’s amazing how much undeveloped beach wilderness exists between the seven villages on Hatteras Island. It seems like endless stretches of natural beaches, sand dunes, and sea oats. The beauty of Hatteras Island is you can reach the ocean and the sound with one of the many 4WD access ramps or parking lots. Check out the Cape Hatteras National Park Service website for more details on beach access. Don’t forget to pack your camera!
Ramp #43 in Buxton
This off-road vehicle ramp located at the end of Lighthouse Road in Buxton offers a parking lot that all vehicles can take advantage of to get close to the National Seashore. The views are 360° with the town of Buxton and the lighthouse to the north and the resilient Cape Hatteras to the south. It offers world-class views of our seashore and the outstanding preservation by the National Park Service. It’s a spot not to be missed on your Hatteras Island vacation.
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