• 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 »

Historic Site Management

Managing the historic resources in Cape Lookout National Seashore requires a lot of research into the history of the buildings and the surrounding area. This research is documented in Historic Structure Reports (HSR), Cultural Landscape Reports, Engineering Reports and other documents.

Listed below are the completed plans and reports for the various buildings and areas in Cape Lookout National Seashore.


Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Light Station

Lighthouse Open House climbs suspended for public safety (newsrelease) 2008

Engineering Study -- Cape Lookout Lighthouse, 2005 (pdf, 438 kb)

Historic Structure Reports (HSR):

Cape Lookout Lighthouse, 2008 (pdf, 37 MB)


Cape Lookout Village Historic District

Historic Structure Reuse Implementation Plan, 2007 (pdf -- 5.38 MB)

Cape Lookout Village Cultural Landscape Report, 2005 (pdf -- 28.5 MB)

Historic Structure Reports (HSR):


Portsmouth Village Historic District

Historic Resource Study: History of Portsmouth Village - 1970 (pdf)

Portsmouth Village Cultural Landscape Report, 2007 :
This was a very large report and for ease of use the various chapters are posted here seperately.

Introduction (pdf, 26 MB)
Site History (pdf, 10 MB)
Existing Condtions (pdf, 20 MB)
Analysis and Evaluation (pdf, 30 MB)
Treatment and Recommendations (pdf, 3 MB)
Bibliography & Appendices (pdf, 8 MB)

The complete Portsmouth Village Cultural Landscape Report can be downloaded here. You will need to unzip it before you can read the pdf file. (ZIP file, 30 MB)

Historic Structure Reports (HSR):

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.