• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    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 »

Multimedia Presentations

View the seashore through the eyes of a Ranger. Get a glimpse into the nesting habits of some of the birds and turtles that live in and around Cape Lookout National Seashore and see the islands like you never have before!


Video Podcasts

What bird can indicate when an island is unhealthy? How big do sea turtles get? Where are all the pelican chicks?

These answers and more can be found in Cape Lookout's video podcasts:

  1. You're Healthy, but How is Your Island?
  2. The Eastern Brown Pelican
  3. Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns
  4. Life of a Loggerhead

Panoramic Flash Videos

Tour the lighthouse and grounds--including places closed to the public--through these flash videos.

  1. The Lantern Room - created by Dr. Laddie M. Crisp, Jr.
  2. The Lighthouse Grounds
  3. View of Core Sound from the Lighthouse Gallery
  4. View of the Cape from the Lighthouse Gallery

Because the Cape Lookout lighthouse is still a working aide to navigation, the lantern room is closed to the public. The lighthouse up to the watch room and gallery (just below the lantern room) is open seasonally for lighthouse climbs.

Did You Know?

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

The lighthouse standing at Cape Lookout was finished in 1859. It replaced an earlier, shorter lighthouse finished in 1812. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...