Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
Harkers Island Visitor Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until further notice.
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?
Unlike bird nests in trees, shorebird nests are simple depressions in the sand, called “scrapes”. These nests look much like the rest of the beach. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...