• 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 »

America the Beautiful Passes

2014 Annual Pass Front

America the Beautiful Annual Pass

The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation are proud to offer America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes.

Each pass covers entrance fees* at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees** at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. The following passes are offered:

  • Annual Pass ($80)
  • Annual Pass for U.S. Military (free)
  • Senior Pass ($10, lifetime)
  • Access Pass (free, lifetime)
  • Volunteer Pass (free, annual)

* Please note: There are no entrance fees for Cape Lookout National Seashore. The ferry companies are privately owned and operated; therefore, ferry fees are not part of this program.

** Tickets to climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse are expanded amenity fees, which are not covered by the America the Beautiful passes. We do offer discounted ticket prices for those who qualify for Senior and Access passes as well as children 12 and younger. Learn more on the Lighthouse Climbing page.

America the Beautiful Access Pass

America the Beautiful Access Pass for those with permanent disabilities.

To learn more about these passes or for information on purchasing options, please visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the passes are available at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/general.html.


Get Your Pass

Cape Lookout National Seashore does not currently issue America the Beautiful passes. Passes are issued at the following sites in eastern North Carolina:

For a full list of participating sites, please open the Pass Issuance List PDF.

Senior and Access passes can be issued by mail. Annual passes (excluding the Military pass) can be issued online or by phone. Find more information at the National Park Service's America the Beautiful Passes webpage.

Did You Know?

Portsmouth villagers stand on the steps of their newly completed church in 1915.

Portsmouth Village had as many as 685 people living there near its height in 1860. Buildings still standing there today include a church, Life-Saving Station, post office and school. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...