Explore the Undeveloped Islands of Cape Lookout

A boat ride three miles off-shore brings you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore.  Horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages--there’s something for everyone at Cape Lookout.  Be sure to bring all the food, water, and supplies you need (and carry your trash out of the park) when visiting these remote beaches. Read More

Visitors enjoy the view from the top of the lighthouse

Climbing Cape Lookout Lighthouse

The view from the top is marvelous! To include a climb in your visit requires some planning, check the lighthouse page for more information.

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Volunteers Needed for Pony Patrol

Have you ever wanted to work with the wild horses on Shackleford Banks? Check out the new volunteer Pony Patrol opportunity.

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Waterways Study Needs Your Input

USCG is asking for input from commercial and recreational boaters as they assess navigational requirements in waters near Cape Lookout

An angler on the beach at sunset.

Fishing

Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast.

Tents on the sand.

Camping

Ah, camping at the beach. Sea, sand, sun, brilliant sunsets, and dark skies.

A group of terns in the surf.

Birding

With over 250 species to be found, birding is a year-round activity at the seashore.

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ORV Education Certificate

A free ORV Education Certificate & decal is required before driving on the barrier islands. For more information follow the link.

Surf fishermen with their vehicles.

Beach Driving

A vehicle can be a great way to reach a remote camping spot or to go surf fishing or shelling. Find out how to best drive on our beaches.

Last updated: November 30, 2019

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131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531

Phone:

(252) 728-2250

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