Things To Do
A wealth and variety of activities awaits you at Cape Lookout National Seashore. From birding, to camping, to fishing, to learning about the rich history of Cape Lookout Light Station -- there is something for everyone!
If you have four hours or less ...
On Harkers Island you can visit Harkers Island Visitor Center where you can explore the exhibits, watch the park film, walk the nature trails, and more.
On Shackleford Banks you can go swimming, shelling, sunbathing, and enjoy the beach.
You can also become a Junior Ranger or Junior Ranger Adventurer by picking up a booklet at any of the Visitor Centers.
If you have an entire day ...
You can also search for horses on Shackleford Banks (in your own group or on a ranger guided tour), walk or ride down to the point of Cape Lookout to watch the nesting shorebirds or find larger shells, plan a short kayaking or canoeing trip, go fishing, or search for wildlife.
If you have more than one day ...
Tent camping or renting a "rustic" cabin in the park can be the perfect way to get away from it all. You can also plan a longer canoe or kayak trip, bring a four wheel drive vehicle so you can tour more of the park, and go stargazing.
Did You Know?
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...