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

Aerial view of Lighthouse Keeper's house with boats in the water

Current Conditions

Be prepared for changing conditions. Many park facilities are open seasonally. Click here to see what is currently open

An angler on the beach at sunset

Things to Do

Looking to plan a trip to Cape Lookout? We have world-class fishing, pristine beaches, backcountry camping, historic villages and much more

Ferry boat passing by a stone barrier with grass in the foreground

Getting to the Islands

Find information on the ferry services that provide transport to and from the islands. Learn about how to navigate around Cape Lookout

Two hands hold the 2023 ORV window decal, with blurred car in the background

ORV Beach Driving Permit

An ORV Beach Driving Permit & window decal is required before driving on the barrier islands. For more information follow the link

Milky Way arcs over the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the Keepers' Quarters

Stargazing

Cape Lookout is an International Dark Sky Park. Enjoy the stars on your own or join us on a public astronomy program

Black and white Cape Lookout Shoals Lightship in the water

History & Culture

Take a moment to journey through the human struggles and triumphs that occurred on these islands

Visitors enjoy the view from the top of the lighthouse

Climbing the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

The view from the top is marvelous! To include a climb in your visit requires some planning, check the lighthouse page for more information

A Loggerhead sea turtle nesting on the sand. NPS staff blurred behind the turtle

Protected Species

Cape Lookout is home to a multiple protected species. Learn about the park's monitoring efforts.

Last updated: March 17, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531

Phone:

252 728-2250

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