• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • ORV Plan Comment Period Extended

    On May 23, 2014, the NPS released a Environmental Impact Statement for its Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for a 60-day comment period, which was extended to September 4. The comment period will be extend an additional 15 days until September 19, 2014.

Current Documents and Plans

"First, that the national parks must be maintained in absolutely unimpaired form for the use of future generations as well as those of our own time; second, that they are set apart for the use, observation, health, and pleasure of the people; and third, that the national interest must dictate all decisions affecting public or private enterprise in the parks."

Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, 1913-1920



Enabling Legislation -- An act authorizing the creation of Cape Lookout National Seashore due to its "outstanding natural and recreational values."


General Management Plan -- A document outlining plans for the development of services, the preservation of resources, and other issues of management within the park.

General Management Plan Amendment -- This amendment relates to changes in the General Management Plan concerning overnight accommodations and transportation services.



Interim Protected Species Management Plan -- A temporary plan which will allow protected species of wildlife and human recreation activities and vehicles to share the seashore. This plan will guide management practices until the long-term Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan is completed.

Wilderness Suitability Study and Proposal -- A mandated study to determine if any part of the national seashore was suitable to be designated as a wilderness zone.


Cape Lookout National Historic District Reuse Plan -- A plan and five alternatives for the stabilization of historic structures and reuse of selected buildings in the Cape Lookout Village Historic District on South Core Banks.



Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan -- This plan will guide the management decisions which allow the use of vehicles and still protect the wildlife and other resources in the seashore.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Use -- A plan to manage the use of PWCs within the boundaries of the national park.


Commercial Services Plan -- A plan for the management of those activities and services within the park which are operated for a fee such as ferry transportation to the seashore and truck tours or cabin rentals within the park's boundaries.

Passenger Ferry Departure Site Assessment -- This study will examine potential sites and site considerations for a ferry operations base in the Morehead City or Beaufort area with ferry service primarily to Shackleford Banks, and also to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse area of South Core Banks, North Carolina.


Long-Range Interpretive Plan -- This plan builds on existing planning and recommends programs, media, and partnerships to be implemented in the next five to seven years.

Did You Know?

Seabeach Amaranth

Cape Lookout National Seashore is home to many endangered and threatened species of plants and animals including the Seabeach Amaranth, Piping Plover, and Loggerhead sea turtle.