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 2012 Ranger Programs
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext 3005
HARKERS ISLAND, NC - Ever wonder how wild horses survive on a barrier island? Or why sea turtles lay their eggs at night? Discover the answers to these questions and many more during one of Cape Lookout National Seashore's interpretive talks or guided walking tours.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse Area
Lighting the Way (Daily, 15 minutes)
Come learn the history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the life of the lighthouse keeper.
Programs begin on the porch of the Assistant Keepers' Quarters next to the Lighthouse at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30pm.
Ribbon of Sand (film) (Daily, 26 minutes)
This film offers spectacular imagery, including aerial and underwater photography, to describe the Cape Lookout ecosystem from the soundside marshes and estuaries to the thin protective line of barrier islands of the Outer Banks and the ocean depths beyond. Program shown upon request in the Harkers Island Visitor Center. For your convenience this film is open captioned and audio described. Assistive listening devices are also available.
Critters of the Night (Saturday, October 27, 4 hours)
When the sun sets and many creatures are going to sleep, others are just waking up. Discover some of the mysterious animals which make the park come alive at night. Program activities take place at the Harkers Island Visitor Center from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Horse Sense and Survival Tour (October 27, 4 hours) Reservations required
Join a ranger for a half-day walking trip to find the wild horses of Shackleford Banks and watch their behavior. The park will arrange transportation by ferry or you can bring your own boat. There is a fee for the ferry service. Call (252) 728-2250 for reservations and more information.
Did You Know?
“Cool houses” made use of the sea breezes to keep perishable foods—like eggs and milk—cool so they would stay fresh longer. Cape Lookout National Seashore