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 »
Nature & Science
(original image from NASA)
Lying just east of the North Carolina mainland are the barrier islands that comprise the famed Outer Banks. Cape Lookout National Seashore protects the southern-most section of this barrier island system.
The upper hook, or cape, on the map to the right is Cape Hatteras. The lower is Cape Lookout--the southern tip of the park which bears its name.
Within the seashore's boundaries, the islands are without the usual man-made trappings of paved roads, resort facilities, or bridge connections to the mainland and provide pristine examples of the dynamics of natural barrier islands.
The park tracks the population levels of several special interest species. The annual reports for these monitoring efforts can be found on the Wildlife Management page.
Did You Know?
Diamond City was a shore-based whaling community located where Barden Inlet now separates the islands of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks. Crews would row whaling dories out from shore to chase the whales as they migrated past the island. Cape Lookout National Seashore