• 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.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Cape Lookout National Seashore is open 24 hours and 365 days a year. Operating hours for visitor centers and other services will vary throughout the year.


Harkers Island Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days).

Light Station Visitor Center & Keepers' Quarters Museum are open from April to November and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Cabin Offices at Great Island and Long Point are open from mid-March to the end of November from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Portsmouth Village Visitor Center is open from April to October (hours vary).

Park administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed all government holidays)

Services available seasonally

Ferry service to the park is generally offered from mid-March to the first weekend in December.

Truck transportation from the Cape Lookout Light Station to the point of Cape Lookout is available from May 15 to September 15.

Cabin rentals are generally available from mid-March to the end of November.

Did You Know?

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...