Plan Your Visit
A little planning can make your visit to the islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore very enjoyable. Unlike neighboring beaches, no bridges cross from the mainland to the islands. A boat ride is a must for reaching the area - either your own boat or a ferry. There are also no paved roads, concession stands, bathhouses, camp stores or trash cans in the seashore. Except for the ferry landing areas, the islands are undeveloped and wild.
For a day trip - (for a couple of hours, a half day or all day)
For overnight stays - (staying in a cabin or a tent)
Rustic cabin rentals are available on North Core Banks at Long Point and on South Core Banks at Great Island. While the basics are provided you will still need to bring such things as:
All camping is in the primitive style. You will need to bring everything you need with you, including your drinking water, and take all trash back to the mainland for disposal.