Cape Lookout National Seashore is home to a wide variety of plants and animals and a rich cultural heritage. The park also provides many recreational opportunities for those who enjoy a more wilderness style beach experience. Park brochures offer a concise guide to one of the recreational activities at the park or an introduction to part of the natural and cultural history of the area. Several brochures are available for download below.

Cape Lookout has developed a set of brochures just for kids. Learn more on our Kids' Brochures webpage.

The following publications are in PDF format and can be viewed through the use of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. You may download a free copy of Acrobat Reader from Adobe Systems.

Cape Lookout park brochure

Cultural History

Cape Lookout Lighthouse (pdf, 730 Kb)
Discover the history of the lighthouse at Cape Lookout and the evolution of technology used to power this guardian of the coast.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2013

Keepers of the Light (pdf, 827 Kb)
A list of the known keepers of the Cape Lookout lighthouse.
Letter sized (8.5 by 11), landscape (horizontal). 2011

Portsmouth Village (pdf, 1.5 MB)
Over a century ago, Portsmouth was a bustling sea village. It stands today as a reminder of life in coastal communities in the 1800s.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2013

Portsmouth Village Lives (pdf, 3.7 MB)
A look at the history of many of the buildings in Portsmouth Village.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2011

Natural History

Keep Wildlife Wild (pdf, 273 Kb)
Animals that steal or beg for food cause headaches for everyone. Follow these tips to help keep our wildlife wild.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2011

Shackleford Horses (pdf, 1.8 MB)
Learn about the history, behaviors, and management of the most famous residents of Shackleford Banks.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2023

Sea Turtles (pdf, 1.27 Mb)
The undeveloped beaches of Cape Lookout provide an ideal nesting site to many sea turtles each year.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2023

Bird Checklist (pdf, 71 Kb)
Over 250 species of birds have been spotted within Cape Lookout National Seashore. How many have you seen?
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), landscape (horizontal). 2011

Recreational Guides

Harkers Island Nature Trails (pdf, 2.3 MB Kb)
Explore the 4/5-mile Soundside trail behind the Harkers Island Visitor Center and the connecting 1/3-mile Willow Pond trail behind the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum.
9 in by 20 in, portrait (vertical). 2007

Beach Safety (pdf, 1.29 Mb)
Preparing for your trip and knowing the hazards that can be encountered at the beach can ensure a safe visit to the national seashore.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2002

Beach Camping (pdf, 521 Kb)
This information will help make a beach camping trip a safe and enjoyable experience.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2007

Beach Driving (pdf, 533 Kb)
A vehicle can be a great way to get around the park but, unless it is driven responsibly, it can also cause damage to the environment or endanger visitors. This brochure includes tips and regulations for driving on the beach.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2017

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Use (pdf, 123 Kb)
ATVs can be used on designated trails. Drivers must follow the restrictions listed in this brochure.
Letter sized (8.5 by 11), landscape (horizontal). 2006

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Use (pdf, 152 Kb)
Maps of landing sites and regulations for the use of a PWC--Jetski, Sea Doo, WaveRunner, AquaTrax, Sealion, or Tigershark--can be found in this brochure.
Letter sized (8.5 by 11), landscape (horizontal). 2006

Hunting on the National Seashore (pdf, 0.7 Mb)
Along with federal and state hunting regulations, these park specific regulations allow the long tradition of hunting along the coast to continue today.
Legal sized (8.5 by 14), portrait (vertical). 2011

Last updated: May 13, 2024

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Harkers Island, NC 28531


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