• 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 »

Weather

Storm clouds gather across the sound from a group of kayaks pulled up on the beach.
Keeping an eye on the weather is important at Cape Lookout National Seashore.  The open water expanses that must be crossed to reach the park can become unsafe during high winds or during rainstorms.
Jeff Lovett, NC Outward Bound.
 

Weather conditions can change rapidly along the coast. Be prepared to change your plans according to the weather.

Weather Forecast

  • recorded forecast - call the National Weather Service-Newport/Morehead City office at (252) 223-5737.
  • on the web - Harkers Island weather

Current Weather Conditions

An automated tower is located on Cape Lookout to monitor weather conditions. The current readings for air temperature, wind speed & direction can be found on the National Data Buoy Center's website.

Did You Know?

Cool House

“Cool houses” made use of the sea breezes to keep perishable foods—like eggs and milk—cool so they would stay fresh longer. Cape Lookout National Seashore