• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours

    The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  • Morehead City Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan

    Cape Lookout National Seashore is a cooperating agency in the Morehead City Harbor Integrated Dredged Material Management Plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The full plan draft can be downloaded from the following link. More »

History & Culture

Although Cape Lookout National Seashore is well known for its surf fishing, wide beaches, and as a home for wild horses and shore birds, the area also boasts a rich and colorful human history. These islands have been home to fishermen, whalers and stockmen and have borne witness to shipwrecks and daring rescues. Take a moment to journey through the human struggles and triumphs that occurred on these islands.
 
 
 

Did You Know?

Cape Lookout lighthouse daymark pattern

Diamond City, a community that once stood on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, was named after the daymark pattern on the nearby Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Cape Lookout National Seashore