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.

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Visitors on top of the lighthouse

Climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Have you climbed the Cape Lookout lighthouse? Here's where you can find information on climbing schedules, ticket reservations, and safety.

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Great Island Cabin

Cabin Vacations at the Seashore

Rustic rental cabins are available at Great Island Camp on South Core Banks and at Long Point Camp on North Core Banks.

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The islands in the park can only be accessed by boat.

Catch a Ferry

Find information on the ferries to Cape Lookout National Seashore at this link. Call 1-800-BY-FERRY for the ferry to Ocracoke (Cape Hatteras N.S.).

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Mare and Foal

Shackleford Banks Horses

Discover the past and present of the most famous residents of Shackleford Banks.

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Join the Conversation on our Social Media

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter to stay connected with what's happening at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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Civil War on the Outer Banks

As we commemorate its 150th anniversary, discover the impact of the Civil war on the southern Outer Banks.

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Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC)

View and Comment on Management Plans

Find information on plans in progress and links to the Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) webpages for each plan.

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Tour Service

Doing Business with the Park

Learn more about the application procedure and requirements for operating commercial visitor services within the national seashore.

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Friends of Cape Lookout

Join Our Friends

Several friends groups work with Cape Lookout to protect the park's heritage and connect people to this extraordinary place.

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