The Outer Banks national parks protect and preserve these places you love. With your support, Outer Banks Forever ensures that future generations continue to learn, grow, and create memories through history, conservation, and the celebration of innovation. Together, we support the Outer Banks national parks by engaging current and future visitors through philanthropy, education, volunteerism, and partnerships.
Your Parks, Your Impact
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Year after year visitors like you return to the pristine beauty of the barrier islands to create a lifetime of memories. Known for its stunning and ever-changing shoreline, America’s first national seashore protects a 70-mile expanse of beach, marshes, sand dunes and woodlands, where you can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, bike riding, kite flying and even a lighthouse climb.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
The mystery remains: what happened to the first English settlers that arrived in the New World? At Fort Raleigh you can be part of the mystery as you explore the reconstructed earthen fort and enjoy “The Lost Colony,” a theatrical story of the early settlers on Roanoke Island. In addition to learning about the first English settlers, Fort Raleigh tells the stories of the Outer Banks’ first inhabitants, the Algonquian, and later, the African Americans who settled here and created the Freedmen’s Colony.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Inspiration and innovation come to life at the first national park in the Outer Banks. Celebrate the ingenuity, determination, and courage of Orville and Wilbur Wright and the advent of powered flight – technology that changed our world. Experience the newly remodeled visitor center, featuring a full-sized replica of the 1903 glider, then take a walk around the grounds to view the Wrights’ camp buildings and site of the first flight.