• 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 »

Join Our Friends

A park friends group is an organization, generally a non-profit group, that supports programs and projects within a park. Friends groups provide support through a variety of activities including fund raising events and volunteering their time and expertise to a project.

Several active Friends groups are authorized to provide support for Cape Lookout National Seashore. The Friends of Cape Lookout National Seashore is the primary group for parkwide projects. Other groups focus their attention and efforts on one part of the park's resources. Follow the link(s) below for more information about the group, upcoming projects and membership information.

Friends of Cape Lookout National Seashore logo

Friends of Cape Lookout National Seashore: partners with the National Park Service, Cape Lookout National Seashore and other support groups to protect, preserve, and enhance the historical, cultural, environmental, and recreational resources of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Friends of Portsmouth

Friends of Portsmouth Island: a non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of Portsmouth Village Historic District and the interpretation of the traditional Outer Banks lifestyle.

Foundation for Shackleford Horses

Foundation for Shackleford Horses: a non-profit organization formed to help the National Park Service protect and preserve the wild horses of Shackleford Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore for their cultural, historic and genetic importance, and for the continuing interest and enjoyment of generations of Americans.

Core Sound Museum

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center: highlights the traditional lifestyle of those living "Down East" through exhibits and demonstrations.

Did You Know?

Seabeach Amaranth

Cape Lookout National Seashore is home to many endangered and threatened species of plants and animals including the Seabeach Amaranth, Piping Plover, and Loggerhead sea turtle.