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.

An angler on the beach at sunset.


Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast.

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.

ORV Beach Driving Permit window decal

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.

Surf fishermen with their vehicles.

Beach Driving

A vehicle can be a great way to reach a remote camping spot or to go surf fishing or shelling. Find out how to best drive on our beaches.

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

Cape Lookout is now a Dark Sky Park!

Cape Lookout National Seashore is the first area certified as a Dark Sky Park on the Eastern Atlantic Coast

Milky Way in the sky over the Harkers Island boat basin

Star Gazing

Looking for a place to go star gazing? The park's dark skies are perfect for star gazing and meteor watching.

Visitors enjoy the view from the top of the lighthouse

Climbing 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 Passport Book stamp for virtual visitors to the park

Virtual Passport Stamp

NEW -- A Passport Book stamp for our virtual visitors.

Last updated: March 9, 2022

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Harkers Island , NC 28531


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