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Visitor Centers & Ranger Stations

CALO Ranger Stations Beaufort Visitor Information CenterHarkers Island Visitor Center & Park HeadquartersLight Station Visitor CenterGreat Island Cabin Office Ranger StationLong Point Cabin Office Ranger StationPortsmouth Visitor Center
Click on the Ranger Station icon to learn more about each facility.
 

Harkers Island Visitor Center
Park Headquarters

 
HIVC

Open: 9:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days per week. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Location: Eastern end of Harkers Island. On Island Road which is off of U.S. Hwy 70, between Cedar Island and Beaufort, NC.

Programs and Amenities: Exhibits on Portsmouth Village, island ecology, and Shackleford Banks horses; interactive map of the park; Kids' Corner with sounds of the seashore game, magnetic discovery board, and a touch table; the park film; informational materials; seasonal programs; free Junior Ranger and Junior Ranger Adventures booklets; special event programs; book store and gift shop; park passport stamp and lighthouse society stamp; and parking and other Special Use Permits.

Available Facilities: Restrooms, first aid, ferry ticket booth, picnic area, and a kayak launch site.

 

Beaufort Visitor Information Center

 
Beaufort Visitor Information Center

Open: 8:30am to 5:00pm, 7 days per week. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Location: First floor of the Beaufort Town Hall at 701 Front St, Beaufort, NC.

Programs and Amenities: Exhibits on island ecology and history; map of the park; informational materials; free Junior Ranger and Junior Ranger Adventures booklets; and park passport stamp.

Available Facilities: Restrooms, first aid, and ferry ticket booth.

 

Light Station Visitor Center

 
LSVC

Open: 9:30am to 4:30pm, 7 days per week. Seasonally.

Location: On the boardwalk in the lighthouse area connected to the ferry dock. South Core Banks.

Programs and Amenities: Shells of the Seashore exhibit; informational materials; seasonal programs; free Junior Ranger and Junior Ranger Adventures booklets; beach wheelchair (free rental); a bookstore and gift shop; and a park passport stamp and lighthouse society stamp.

Available Facilities: Restrooms, shade shelter, first aid, and a beach wheelchair.

 

Great Island Cabin Office

 
Great Island Cabin Office

Open: 7:30am to 4:30pm, 7 days per week. Seasonally.

Location: Second building on the right from the ferry dock. Great Island Cabin Camp on South Core Banks.

Programs and Amenities: Information on park history, nature, and recreation; free Junior Ranger and Junior Ranger Adventures booklets; beach wheelchair (free rental); long-term parking permits; Saltwater Fishing Tournament Weigh Station; and fishing license purchase/renewal.

Available Facilities: First aid.

 

Long Point Cabin Office

 
Long Point Cabin Office

Open: 7:30am to 4:30pm, 7 days per week. Seasonally.

Location: Turn left from the dock, then first building on the left. Long Point Cabin Camp on North Core Banks.

Programs and Amenities: Information on park history, nature, and recreation; free Junior Ranger and Junior Ranger Adventures booklets; beach wheelchair (free rental); long-term parking permits; Saltwater Fishing Tournament Weigh Station; and fishing license purchase/renewal.

Available Facilities: First aid.

 

Portsmouth Visitor Center
Theodore and Annie Salter House

 
Theodore and Annie Salter House

Open: 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Seasonally.

Location: The first house on the right of the path from Haulover Dock. Portsmouth Village on North Core Banks.

Programs and Amenities: Exhibits on lightering, shipping, the fishing industry, and maritime village culture; informational materials; seasonal tours of the village; free Junior Ranger booklets; and park passport stamp.

Available Facilities: Restrooms and first aid.

Did You Know?

Portsmouth Life-Saving Station crew pose in their surfboat.

"You have to go out, you don't have to come back" was the unofficial motto of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. The Life-Saving Service rescued shipwreck victims from stations located in Portsmouth, and on Core Banks and Cape Lookout. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...