Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Morehead City Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan
Cape Lookout National Seashore is a cooperating agency in the Morehead City Harbor Integrated Dredged Material Management Plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The full plan draft can be downloaded from the following link. More »
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)
Cabin rentals are offered through a concession. 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.
Did You Know?
"You have to go out, you don't have to come back" was the unofficial motto of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. The Life-Saving Service rescued shipwreck victims from stations located in Portsmouth, and on Core Banks and Cape Lookout. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...