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 »
Leave No Trace
Outdoor ethics require that visitors to the area try to leave as few traces of their visit as possible. While not regulations, the seven Leave No Trace principles will help you to preserve the park's unique values for other visitors, both today and in the future.
Trash Free Park Program
The main goal of the Trash Free Park Program is to encourage stewardship and protection of our natural resources. As you prepare for your trip, keep in mind that there are no trash receptacles and anything you carry into the park will need to be carried back out. Cape Lookout National Seashore removed all trash cans from the islands in 1991 and 1992. Since their removal, there has been a tremendous reduction in the amount of refuse and litter on these beaches.
The Trash Free Park Program is designed to encourage reuse and recycling practices which reduce our impact on the environment. Purchasing reusable products and containers and avoiding individually wrapped produces reduces the trash to be carried out of the park and the waste in our landfills. After leaving Cape Lookout National Seashore, please recycle glass, plastic, and metal products.
As part of our national park system, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a place set aside for its natural beauty and its cultural history. It is one of the few remaining examples of an undeveloped, pristine barrier island ecosystem left on the Atlantic Coast. Please help us to preserve and protect this extraordinary resource.
Did You Know?
Gaillardia, also called a blanket flower or firewheel, is a Midwestern plant that was brought into the area and still thrives on these windy, water starved islands. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...