Abundant wildlife, blue ocean waters, and vivid panoramic sunsets make Hatteras Island a popular destination for novice and professional photographers alike. And while these much-loved photographic opportunities make for beautiful shots, there are some lesser-known shooting locations all over the Island. Our resident photographer, Dan Murphy, has discovered many of these hidden gems over the years. Next time you're visiting Cape Hatteras, pack your photo gear and his list of photo spots to catch the less common but just as striking sights through your lens.
1. Buxton Woods
Buxton Woods is a little-known gem located in the heart of Hatteras Island. This coastal reserve is for research, education and compatible public uses, so it's the nature lover's dream with miles of trails through plants and animals. Don't forget your macro lens!
2. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the icon of Hatteras Island. Its impressive 210-foot height makes it the tallest brick lighthouse structure in the US and the most photographed locations on the Island. But while many visitors photograph it during the day, I recommend visiting the lighthouse at night-After all, it's a night light! The lighthouse grounds are an ideal place to use long exposures and capture some awesome night photography.
3. Hatteras High Pier
This pier is a small research pier extending into the Pamlico Sound located behind the high school in Buxton, NC. This hidden spot offers a fantastic place to photograph a sunset or sunrise.
The S-curves is the local name given to the unique spot on Highway 12 just north of Rodanthe and Mirlo Beach where the road curves between the ocean and the sound. It offers endless views and excellent surfing conditions, making it a great place to stop and snap a pic before heading further south.
5. Hatteras Village Park
This park is a project funded by the Hatteras Village Civic Association with assistance from the Dare County Tourism Board. Its excellent boardwalk leads you through the woods to a small creek in the middle of Hatteras Village.
Don't forget: No matter where you take your favorite photos on Hatteras Island, we want to see them!
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