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    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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List of Authorized Ferry Services

Types-of-Ferries

Getting to Cape Lookout National Seashore can be an adventure! Several styles and sizes of boats are used as ferries with 16 passenger flat bottom skiffs predominating.

There are three main types of ferries which can be seen in the photo to the left. Large passenger ferries (top) operate out of Beaufort and Harkers Island. Small passenger ferries (middle) are used by the services from Ocracoke to Portsmouth and from Beaufort and Harkers Island.

Ferry companies in Davis, NC, and Atlantic, NC, use small vehicle ferries (bottom) to reach the cabin camps.

Different companies may operate different styles of these ferries.

Passengers are generally delivered directly onto the sound-side beach. The larger passenger ferries, some carrying up to 49 passengers, and vehicle ferries make use of the docks. All are open to the elements. On windy or rainy days be prepared to get wet.

 
Need to know the location of visitor centers, ferry landings and key points of interest? This link will open a park map (pdf - 1 mb) in a new window.
 


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Type of Ferry


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Schedule
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Harkers Island, NC Island Express Ferry Service
(primary departure site)
Passenger Online or by phone. Walk-ons welcome. 252-728-7433 Online Schedule
Beaufort, NC** Island Express Ferry Service** Passenger Online or by phone 252-728-7433 Online Schedule
Shackleford Banks
Beaufort, NC**
Island Express Ferry Service**
(primary departure site)
Passenger Online or by phone. Walk-ons welcome. 252-728-7433 Online Schedule
Harkers Island, NC Island Express Ferry Service Passenger Online or by phone 252-728-7433 Online Schedule
Great Island Cabin Area
including vehicle access to South Core Banks

Davis, NC Davis Shore Ferry Service Vehicle & Passenger Online or by phone 252-729-3474 Online Schedule
Davis, NC Cape Lookout Cabins & Camps Ferry Service Vehicle & Passenger Online or by phone 252-729-9751 Online Schedule
Long Point Cabin Area
including vehicle access to North Core Banks / Portsmouth Island

Atlantic, NC Morris Marina Ferry Service Vehicle & Passenger By phone 252-225-4261 Contact Ferry
Portsmouth Village
Ocracoke, NC Rudy Austin's Portsmouth Island Boat Tours Passenger By phone. Walk-ons welcome. 252-928-4361 Contact Ferry
 

** FREE PARKING is provided to National Park Service visitors riding the Island Express ferry in Beaufort. Pick up your parking pass when you purchase your tickets at the Island Express ferry booth or the NPS Beaufort Visitor Information Center.

Make your reservations directly with the above providers.

Ferries usually operate from April through November, but may choose to operate throughout the year.

Note: Pets are permitted on SOME ferries to Cape Lookout National Seashore - call first for specifics. Ferry operators have the right to refuse to carry pets.

 

Land Transportation (Mule Train)
Cape Lookout Light Station to the Point of Cape Lookout

The truck service from the Light Station to the Point will operate from May 15 to September 15.

The Mule Train leaves the light station on the half hour from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The truck leaves the point of Cape Lookout at the top of the hour from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Trip minimums apply.

Learn more at islandexpressferryservices.com or by calling (252) 728-7433.

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