• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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Getting Around

strolling along the beach
Most people arrive at the seashore through one of the passenger ferry services. They then walk to where they wish to go. Near the lighthouse a boardwalk makes the journey from the ferry dock to the beach a little easier.
riding the shuttle service to the point of Cape Lookout.

A 4-wheel drive vehicle makes searching for that good shelling, surf-fishing or camping spot a little easier. If you don't have your own check with the ferry services for details on the beach shuttles.

Don't forget to get a parking permit if you will be leaving your vehicle unattended for 24 hours or more. Information and the permit application can be found on the Permits page.


Jeff Lovett, NC Outward Bound

Boats are another way to explore the islands and the surrounding waters.

Did You Know?

Sand dollar

Sand dollars are living animals. If you find one that is brown and fuzzy, leave it behind. If it is white and smooth it has already died, and you may keep it. Cape Lookout National Seashore