• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • 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 »

Cape Lookout Lighthouse News Updates

Keep up with the latest news on the lighthouse as we prepare the tower for visitor access. Tower modification updates, time and location of public meetings and events, as well as other information about climbing the tower will be listed here.

  • March 2010 -- A contractor has been selected to perform the safety and historic preservation modifications to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse that are needed to allow for public climbing access to the tower. Completion of this work is anticipated for this summer.
  • The Seashore is proposing a fee for climbing the tower, similar to that charged for Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
    • Public meeting regarding this proposed fee was held at the Duke Marine Lab auditorium on March 26, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
      More information on the meeting is available in the newsrelease.
    • Public comment period on the proposed fee was open from March 15 until April 14, 2010.
    • May 14, 2010
      Work is progressing in the tower.

    • July 7, 2010
      Lighthouse to be inspected on July 13, 2010 for completion of renovation.
    • July 13, 2010
      Lighthouse passed its inspection
    • July 15, 2010
      The Lighthouse opened for its first day of public climbing.

This webpage has more information on climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

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Lightning and Knobbed Whelks

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