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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 »

Second Saturday Family and Scout Events

The Harkers Island Visitor Center will be open 7 days per week starting February 15, 2014. Weekend Ranger programs and events at the Harkers Island Visitor Center are scheduled to resume in March.


Join Rangers at the Harkers Island Visitor Center for an exploration of the nature and history of Cape Lookout and learn some of the fun things families can do in the park. All programs (except Critters of the Night) start at 1:00 PM.

Many of these activities count towards Boy Scout and Girl Scout merit badges and all programs can be credited towards a Scout Ranger certificate or patch.


Saturday, March 8

Coloful Skies: Kites and Butterflies (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM) – Spring skies are filled with colorful kites and spring flowers herald the arrival of summer butterflies. Join us at Shell Point on Harkers Island for an afternoon of kites and butterflies. Build your own kite to fly and learn about the local plants you can use to attract butterflies to your garden.

Did You Know?

Cool House

“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