Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island

#10 of 88 in Wildlife in North Carolina Coast
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves a 56-mile (90-km) long section of the Southern Outer Banks, or Crystal Coast, of North Carolina, USA, running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. Three undeveloped barrier islands make up the seashore - North and South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. The seashore includes two historic villages on Core Banks, Shackleford's wild horses, and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, which has a black-and-white diamond pattern. A visitor center for the seashore is located on Harkers Island.

The National Park Service, as part of their Centennial Initiative celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, is planning to rehabilitate the Lighthouse and restore the Cape Lookout and Portsmouth Village Historic Districts.
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  • Never expected this experience .... take the shell truck out to the point and search for shells. You cant imagine walking out to the point of the cape as the waters come in to shore crossing over...  more »
  • Took the ferry over to the lighthouse. Highly recommend staying the whole day as we had to take another day to go over and explore because we only requested to stay for 3 hours. Highly recommend...  more »

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