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 »
October Interpretive Program Schedule At the Seashore
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 Ext. 3005
Harkers Island, North Carolina. Acting Superintendent Chuck Cranfield announces the following activities during the month of October 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.
Lighting the Way (Daily upon request, 15 minutes)
Come learn the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Programs begin on the porch of the Assistant Keepers’ Quarters next to the Lighthouse.
Horse Sense and Survival (October 7 – By Reservation Only -- 4 hours)
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 the Cape Lookout National Seashore at (252) 728-2250 for reservations.
Portsmouth Village Guided Tour (October 4 and October 11, 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. Bring drinking water, bug repellent and, sunscreen. There are no amenities in the village. Programs begin at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM on Thursday at the Haulover Dock in Portsmouth Village.
Did You Know?
During World War II, two 6 inch guns were mounted along the beach and two machine gun nests were built off the main road in the Cape Lookout Village Historic District. Cape Lookout National Seashore