Explore the Undeveloped Islands of Cape Lookout

A boat ride three miles off-shore brings you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore.  Horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages--there’s something for everyone at Cape Lookout.  Be sure to bring all the food, water, and supplies you need (and carry your trash out of the park) when visiting these remote beaches. Read More

Visitors at the top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

Climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Have you climbed the Cape Lookout Lighthouse? Here's where you can find information on tickets, hours, and safety.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse at night with the moon in the sky

Evening at the Cape

Bring your flashlight and experience the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and nearby beaches as the Lighthouse Keepers did at the start of their work

A ranger and visitor watch the Shackelford horses from a safe distance.

Horse Sense and Survival Walking Tours

Join a Park Ranger for a glimpse into the world of the wild horses of Shackleford Banks.

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ORV Education Certificate

A free ORV Education Certificate is required before driving on the barrier islands. Get it online here!

Tents on the sand.


Ah, camping at the beach. Sea, sand, sun, brilliant sunsets, and dark skies.

A group of terns in the surf.


With over 250 species to be found, birding is a year-round activity at the seashore.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531


(252) 728-2250

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