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 »
Visiting Portsmouth Village
Portsmouth Village is only accessible by boat. A list of the authorized ferry services can be found on the Ferry page.
Exhibits on "lightering", community life, and survival in this village can be seen in the Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center, the School, the Post Office and General Store, and the Life-Saving Station.
These buildings, as well as the Methodist Church and Henry Piggot House, are open to the public seasonally.
PLEASE NOTE: the Methodist Church is closed to the public as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy.
Other structures are occupied by National Park Service personnel or holders of NPS leases. Please respect their privacy.
Public facilities are limited. Restrooms can be found in the Theodore and Annie Salter House and there are compost toilets on the road past the Life Saving Station.
Guided walking tours of Portsmouth Village are offered seasonally. More information can be found on the Ranger Programs webpage.
Download the audio tour of Portsmouth and explore the history of this once bustling port town.
Village trails can be difficult to walk due to standing water and sandy soils. The buildings are not wheel chair accessible.
Be sure to bring insect repellent, drinking water, food, sunscreen, adequate clothing, a hat, and good walking shoes. Be prepared for the notorious mosquitoes and unpredictable weather.
Portsmouth Village is a protected historic and archeological site.
Did You Know?
Diamond City was a shore-based whaling community located where Barden Inlet now separates the islands of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks. Crews would row whaling dories out from shore to chase the whales as they migrated past the island. Cape Lookout National Seashore