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 »
Fees & Reservations
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open for climbing during the summer season.
During the open season, tickets are available for sale at the Light Station Visitor Center in the lighthouse area.
Information on ticket prices and reservations, climbing dates and times, and safety regulations is available on the Climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse webpage.
Educators including a lighthouse climb as an educational activity during their field trip may be eligible for an Academic Fee Waiver for students' lighthouse tickets.
Ferry Rates (round trip)
All ferries are permitted by the National Park Service but are privately operated and licensed with their fees set by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
Four-wheel drive shuttle services are available for a fee. Contact the service directly for hours and rates.
The rustic cabins of Core Banks give you views of pristine beaches, easy access to fishing, and a chance to get away from it all. Each cabin has a hot water heater, propane oven/stove, kitchen with cabinets, table and chairs, and private bath. Visitors need to provide their own linens, bedding, and cookware.
More information can be found on the park's lodging page.
There are no designated campgrounds in the park and no fees for beach camping. However, groups of 25 or more must obtain a Special Use Permit for overnight camping. More information on camping in the park can be found here.
Some activities--including weddings, commercial filming or photography, and long-term parking (more than 24 hours)--require special use permits. Applications and information can be found on the park's permit page.
Did You Know?
Portsmouth Village had as many as 685 people living there near its height in 1860. Buildings still standing there today include a church, Life-Saving Station, post office and school. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...