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 »
September Program Schedule At The Seashore
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005
Harkers Island, North Carolina. Superintendent Bob Vogel announces the following activities during the month of September at Cape Lookout National Seashore
Additional programs may be offered. Programs will run on schedule, unless there is inclement weather. For more information on these programs and other program offerings call the Harkers Island Visitor Center at (252) 728-2250 for a complete schedule.
Horse Sense and Survival (September 24th, 4 hours) By Reservation Only
The wild horses on Shackleford Banks are fascinating to observe, but may be difficult to find. Join a Park Ranger for a day-long walking trip to find horses and watch their behavior. The park will arrange transportation by local ferries and there will be a charge for this ride. If you have your own boat, call the park for the reservations and meeting locations. There is no charge for the walking program. Come prepared for a day in the sun and walking through deep sand. Bring water, lunch, bug repellent, sunscreen, a sun hat, binoculars, and camera with telephoto lens. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes to walk in deep sand and those that can get wet and muddy. Call Cape Lookout National Seashore at (252) 728-2250 for reservations.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Lighting the Way (Daily, 15 minutes)
Come learn about the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Programs begin at 1:15 PM and 3:15 PM on the porch of the Assistant Keepers’ Quarters next to the Lighthouse.
Discovery Box Adventures (Saturdays, 11:00 AM)
Come and discover what lies beneath the waters of Cape Lookout National Seashore during Discovery Box Adventures. Learn about horseshoe crabs, loggerhead sea turtles, sea urchins, sharks, whales, shells, and much more! Meet at the Pavilion near the ferry dock.
NOTE: program not given on Saturday, September 16th.
Shipwreck Stories (Sundays, 11:00 AM)
From the ever changing natural hazards to the ravages of pirates and wars, it’s a jungle out there! Come hear the stories behind the over 3000 ships and people claimed by the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Meet at the Pavilion near the ferry dock.
Lighthouse Lore (Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM)
Learn the low down – discover the who, how, when, why, where, and what of Cape Lookout’s two light station towers. Find out about the lives and duties of the dedicated men and women who ‘kept’ the light burning. Programs begin at the Pavilion near the ferry dock.
NOTE: Program not given on Saturday, September 16th.
Portsmouth Village Guided Tour (Thursdays, 1 hour)
Join a Park Ranger for this guided tour through historic Portsmouth Village. Discover what life was like for those who once called Portsmouth and the Outer Banks home. Access to the programs is mainly by ferry from Ocracoke, North Carolina- for ferry reservations, please call the Rudy Austin Ferry at 252-928-4361. Bring drinking water, bug repellent and sunscreen as there are no amenities in the village. Programs begin at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the Haulover Point dock in Portsmouth Village.
Did You Know?
Lightening whelks and knobbed whelks can be distinguished by the direction their spirals open. Lightening whelks open on the Left side. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...