• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

Wildlife Closures

Wilson's Plover Chick
Drivers should keep watch for chicks, like this Wilson's Plover, hiding in the sand and grasses.
 

Shoreline closures to motor vehicles are seasonal or temporary with the exception of these permanent closure areas:

  • Shackleford Banks
  • Ramp 41a to Ramp 41b (lighthouse swim beach)
  • Power Squadron Spit west of the Jetty
  • Portsmouth Village
 
Loggerhead Hatchling

Loggerhead hatchling safe inside a closure.

In general, the shoreline is open to pedestrians. Exceptions will be posted.

Boaters can expect interior bird closures, signed closed to all entry, at the inlets and points from April 1 to August 31. Boaters are encouraged to land within 0.25 miles of the inlets. This allows pedestrians to walk the inlet shoreline for access to the ocean shoreline.

Maps of North and South Core Banks which show exit ramps connecting the ocean beach and the back "road" are available on the Maps webpage.

The annual nesting reports can be found on the Wildlife Management webpage.

 

South Core Banks

The Coast Guard dock is closed due to hazardous conditions.

The ocean beach from Ramp 42b to Ramp 44 is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is closed due to flooding.
Use Village road to access the point of Cape Lookout.

The ocean beach from Ramp 42a to Ramp 42b is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

The ocean beach from Ramp 40 to Ramp 41a is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

The ocean beach from Ramp 38 to Ramp 39 is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

The ocean beach from Ramp 37b to Ramp 38 is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

The ocean beach from Ramp 33 to Ramp 34 is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

Middle Core Banks

Due to inlet locations, Middle Core Banks is closed to motor vehicles.

North Core Banks

The ocean beach from Ramp 15b to Ramp 16 is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

The ocean beach from Ramp 11a to Ramp 11b is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

The ocean beach from Ramp 5a to Ramp 5b is closed to vehicles. Detour to the back road is open.

Information is correct as of August 7, 2014

Did You Know?

Aerial view of Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks

Barrier islands, such as those of Cape Lookout National Seashore, are piles of sand. As storms come up from the ocean the beaches are constantly rearranged.