Alerts & Conditions

Current CDC Guidance on Visiting Parks

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 when visiting parks and recreational facilities

Current Status of Park Operations and Facilities

Barrier Islands: South Core Banks, Shackleford Banks, North Core Banks

Superintendent's Closure -- In support of policy to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Under 36 CFR section 1.5 a (1), I am limiting any groups of the public that might gather together to 10 or less, effective immediately (3/30/2020). This is a direct result of observed groups gathering at Wade Shores and the Cape who are coming in by private boat.

South Core Banks OPEN Camping by vehicle/tent, shelling, fishing allowed. Check directly with the ferry service for their operational schedule. Drinking water availability -- 2 locations near lighthouse, hose on back road near beachside restrooms and the drinking water fountain near the visitor center on the soundside.

Shackleford Banks OPEN Camping by tent, shelling, fishing allowed. Check directly with the ferry service for their operational schedule. Drinking water availability - no locations on the island. Visitors should bring their own supply.

North Core Banks OPEN Camping by vehicle/tent, shelling, fishing allowed. Check directly with the Vehicle ferry for their operational schedule. Drinking water availability -- no potable water is available on the island. Visitors should bring their own supply.

Ferry Operations

Passenger ferry service from Beaufort and Harkers Island OPEN
Vehicle ferry services -- OPEN
Check with the individual ferry service for operation schedules

Visitor Centers

Harkers Island Visitor Center Opening Friday, August 7 Visitor Center Store Opening Friday, August 7
Light Station Visitor Center closed
Keepers' Quarters Museum Opening Friday, August 7
Beaufort Visitor Information Center closed
Portsmouth Village Visitor Center Opening Friday, August 7 (only open intermittently through August 1)

Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Closed until further notice

Restrooms

Harkers Island Shell Point restrooms OPEN
Shackleford Banks restrooms OPEN
Light Station (Lighthouse Area) --

  • soundside dock area restrooms OPEN
  • oceanside pedestrian beach restrooms OPEN

Back road restrooms near the point of Cape Lookout OPEN

Great Island Cabin Camp -- South Core Banks

Cabins Opening Friday, August 7
Cabin office Opening Friday, August 7
Ice sales Opening Friday, August 7
Gas sales Opening Friday, August 7
Bath house OPEN
ORV dump station OPEN

Long Point Cabin Camp -- North Core Banks
Closed for the 2020 season due to damage from Hurricane Dorian - no sales of ice or gas
Bath house: restrooms OPEN; shower section closed
ORV dump station OPEN

Shell Point, Harkers Island

Nature trail OPEN (only during daylight hours)
Restrooms OPEN

Last updated: August 6, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531

Phone:

(252) 728-2250

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