Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island

Cape Lookout National Seashore protects a 56-mile stretch of barrier islands on the North Carolina coast. These undeveloped beaches provide vital nesting grounds for sea turtles and shorebirds and a herd of wild horses roam free on Shackleford Banks. The Cape Lookout lighthouse and two historic villages offer a glimpse into the lives of people who made their living on the edge of the sea.

All areas of the park except for the Harkers Island Visitor Center are only accessible by personal boat or private ferry.

Park Hours

The park is open to the public every day of the year, 24 hours a day.

The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 7 days per week except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Light Station Visitor Center (lighthouse area) is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, 7 days per week from April to November. The Portsmouth Visitor Center (Salter House) and 5 other village buildings is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 7 days per week from April to October. The rustic cabins at the Long Point and Great Island cabin camps are open from March 16 to November 30.
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  • We had a simple but outstanding time on the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The boat ride there was easy to arrange, very reliable national park vendor. You can choose your departure and return times ...  more »
  • A short 15 minute ferry ride from Harker's Island, Cape Lookout is not to be missed. Beautiful beaches, plenty of trails and photography opportunities, plus incredible shelling on the point.  more »

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