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    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • 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 »

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February 24, 2014
Seashore Parking Permits Available for 2014
Long-term parking permits available for 2014. This year, permits can also be purchased at the cabin camp offices.

February 06, 2014
Island Express Ferry to Start and Harkers Island Visitor Center to Re-Open on Weekends
Passenger ferry service through Island Express Ferry Service will begin on February 15, 2014, departing from the Beaufort and from Harkers Island. The Harkers Island Visitor Center will also re-open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday, February 15, 2014.

December 12, 2013
Cabin Reservations for 2014
Rental cabins in the National Seashore will be open from March 16 to November 29, 2014. Reservations will begin on January 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

December 10, 2013
Volunteer with Your National Park in Beaufort
In preparation for the opening of the National Park Service Visitor Information Center located in the Beaufort Town Hall, Cape Lookout National Seashore would like to announce volunteer opportunities at this new gateway to the national seashore.

November 22, 2013
Winter 2013-14 Facility Closures
Winter winds and colder weather bring about many changes to the beaches and islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore, and quite a different experience from the summer months. As you visit in the winter and early spring, please be aware that some facilities are closed and winterized.

October 25, 2013
Winter 2013 Programs at Cape Lookout
The islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore have many stories. Come explore the beauty and history of your local national park.

October 18, 2013
Island Express Ferry Service is Awarded Passenger Ferry Contract from Beaufort and Harkers Island to the Seashore
The National Park Service has awarded Island Express Ferry Service the contract to provide passenger ferry service to all of Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout area of South Core Banks, starting in 2014. The ferries will depart from the Town of Beaufort and Harkers Island.

August 30, 2013
2013-14 Duck Blind Permit Lottery
For the 2013-2014 season, the park will continue to utilize a lottery system to determine the initial order for registration. The lottery will take place at the Harkers Island Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3.

August 27, 2013
Explore the National Seashore on Your Phone
Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce formal launch of self-guided cell phone tours of the Seashore, hosted by OnCell Systems. Each set of stops offers the chance to take a guided tour with a park ranger at your own pace and before or after the open hours of the park visitor centers, museums, and historic site exhibits. Smart phones can access additional photos and additional information through the mobile tour website.

Did You Know?

horse drinking

The wild horses on Shackleford Banks drink fresh water from permanent ponds, rainwater pools, and holes they dug in the ground, but they do not drink salt water. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...