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 »
Special Use Permit - Long-Term Parking
If you are interested in the convenience of parking your beach buggy at Cape Lookout National Seashore, the following information will be helpful. A Special Use Permit (Long Term Parking Permit) is required to leave your vehicle unattended for more than 24 hours within Cape Lookout National Seashore. Follow the guidelines outlined below to ensure that your permit is in place in time for you to leave your vehicle on the island.
This permit is required to be prominently displayed on any vehicle or trailer that will be parked unattended for more than 24 hours. All unattended vehicles must be in one of the park's three long term parking areas which are located in the Long Point, Great Island, and Lighthouse areas.
Vehicles which will be left unattended for less than 24 hours do not require permits and may be left on the open beach provided they are not obstructing traffic and are outside of areas closed to vehicles. They also may be left in designated less than 24 hours parking areas.Permit Application Procedure
Requests for a permit application may be made in person at the Harkers Island Visitor Center, via telephone, email, or letter. The application form may be downloaded from the Special Use Permit webpage. A completed application and the accompanying required information is necessary before an application can be processed. Park contact information is:
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
If you mail your permit application:
Federal procedures (31 USC 7701 ) requires your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number on the back of all checks accepted for deposit. You must supply your Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.
Please indicate the specific location you wish to park your vehicle. The Special Use Permit does not allow you to park in any lot, but only in one specific location. Lot locations can be changed but prior approval must be obtained.
The following areas are available for long term use:
The authority for the National Park Service to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found at 16 U.S.C. 3a, 16 U.S.C. 460l-6d, and 31 U.S.C. 9701. Charges established for a Special Park Use under this authority are intended to recover costs associated with managing that activity and not to generate revenue beyond actual cost.
Administrative Cost: Payable when the permit is received and prior to parking your vehicle in the lot. This is a non-refundable payment.
Once all the required information and fees are received, a Special Use Permit and Decal will be issued and mailed to you. Upon receipt, please place decal on front left bumper (or front left area where visible).
If you come in person, permits will be issued Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Permits will not be issued on holidays.
Terms & ConditionsTo maintain park natural and cultural resources and quality visitor experiences in addition to the standard terms and conditions, the following conditions and requirements apply to Special Use Permits for Long Term Parking:
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Shorebird chicks often freeze in place or hide in tire tracks when threatened, making them vulnerable to cars on the beach. Please drive carefully and obey wildlife closures. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...