• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Lookout National Seashore Hurricane Irene Recovery Update

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Date: September 22, 2011
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005

Harkers Island, NC - The National Park Service is pleased to announce the following progress with Hurricane Irene recovery:

  • Portsmouth Village on North Core Banks will reopen to visitors beginning Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
  • Cape Village on South Core Banks is open.
  • All of the seashore (Shackleford, North and South Core Banks) has been opened for pedestrian overnight use since Friday, September 16, 2011.
  • South Core Banks will reopen for vehicle use beginning on Friday, September 23,2011.
  • Cabins at Great Island Camp on South Core Banks will reopen for overnight lodging beginning on Saturday, October 1, 2011.The park will honor previous reservations starting October 1.

The following areas remain closed:

  • Long Point Cabin Camp
  • North Core Banks remains closed to all vehicle use

On North Core Banks, the priority is to re-establish the Long Point ferry landing, and visitor vehicle access to the beaches.This will allow public access while repairs to the cabins continue. To date, we have been able to complete our damage assessment, remove debris, get the generators operational and order supplies and materials for repairs. As work in other areas of the Seashore is completed additional work will begin at Long Point.

To keep posted with ongoing progress, please check the park website at www.nps.gov/calo and via Twitter at twitter.com/CapeLookoutNPS.

Did You Know?

Cape Lookout lighthouse daymark pattern

Diamond City, a community that once stood on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, was named after the daymark pattern on the nearby Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Cape Lookout National Seashore