• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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.

Hours

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

A lighthouse can be identified by its daymark (painted pattern) or by its light flash pattern. Cape Lookout Lighthouse has a diagonal checker pattern and a single short flash of light every fifteen seconds. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...