• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • Hurricane Arthur Advisory #7

    Recovery continues following Hurricane Arthur. Long Point cabins 1-4 remain closed. All Great Island cabins are now open and all other areas of the park are open under normal operations. More »


The anchor of the Olive Thurlow, which sank in 1905, rests in front of the park's headquarters.
The anchor from the brigantine Olive Thurlow, which sank in 1905, rests in front of the park's headquarters.

Managing a national park is a complex task that involves skilled professionals from many fields. Park management is not achieved by merely relying on experience and instincts. Whenever possible it is based on solid scientific research, conducted not only by park staff, but by universities and independent researchers as well. Financial constraints are always an issue while managing our national parks.

At Cape Lookout National Seashore, there are natural and cultural resources, and numerous historic structures that are managed within the 56 miles of seashore. In all national parks, the need for efficient, innovative park management is especially important in order to protect the very best of this nation's rich heritage. And the law of the land dictates that, in turn, these resources, and the American public that own them, deserve the very best that the National Park Service can give them.

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Least Tern Diving

Least terns are highly protective of their nests. They have been known to swarm and attack people or animals that get too close to their eggs or chicks. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...