• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • ORV Plan Comment Period Extended

    On May 23, 2014, the NPS released a Environmental Impact Statement for its Off-Road Vehicle Management Plan for a 60-day comment period, which was extended to September 4. The comment period will be extend an additional 15 days until September 19, 2014.

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  • Horse Sense and Survival Tour

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    Join a Park Ranger for a glimpse into the world of the wild horses of Shackleford Banks. More

  • Horse Sense and Survival Tour

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    Join a Park Ranger for a glimpse into the world of the wild horses of Shackleford Banks. More

  • Crystal Coast Clean-up

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Volunteer to help clean up our coast & protect area wildlife on Saturday, Sept 27 in honor of National Estuaries Day and National Public Lands Day More


Special Event Programs

Horse Sense & Survival Walking Tours
Join a Ranger for a half-day walking trip to find the wild horses of Shackleford Banks and watch their behavior. There is a fee for the ferry service. Call (252) 728-2250 ext. 0 for reservations and more information.

Second Saturday Family & Scout Events
Join Rangers at Shell Point on Harkers Island for an exploration of the nature and history of Cape Lookout and learn some of the fun things families can do in the park.

Moonrise Lighthouse Tours
Bring your flashlight and experience the lighthouse as the Lighthouse Keepers did at the start of their work "day", in the dark. These special climbs are scheduled near the full moon of each month from May through September. There is a fee which includes the price of tickets for the lighthouse and the ferry cost. Call 252-728-2250 ext. 3020 for more information and reservations.

Crystal Coast Clean-up
In celebration of National Estuaries Day and National Public Lands Day, Cape Lookout and 6 other community partners invite volunteers to participate in a community-wide clean-up of the lands and waters in and around Beaufort, NC on Saturday, September 27 (rain date: October 18). Volunteers meet in downtown Beaufort at the waterfront gazebo in Grayden Paul Park at 9:00 AM. Reservations for boat transportation required (space limited) to the Rachel Carson Reserve (complex of islands just across from the Beaufort waterfront) or to Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore. No reservations necessary for Beaufort and the mainland marsh areas. All activities are appropriate for children. For additional questions, please contact Wade Keeler with the Town of Beaufort at 252-728-2141.

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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...