Alerts & Conditions

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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

Following the most recent CDC guidance for areas of Low or Medium community transmission; the use of face masks is now optional within Cape Lookout National Seashore.

People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms (even if you think it is a cold), a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.

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

South Core Banks OPEN Camping, shelling, fishing allowed. Check directly with the ferry service for their operational schedule. Drinking water availability -- water supply locations at the restrooms near the lighthouse and at the Great Island Cabin camp CLOSED until spring. Visitors should bring their own drinking water supply.

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, 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 OPEN -- weather dependent Check directly with the ferry service for daily operational schedule -- Spring/Fall schedule ferries leave once an hour; summer schedule ferries are leaving every 1/2 hour Some variations to the schedule may occur.

Passenger ferry service from Harkers Island to the lighthouse area is suspended until winter storm damage to the ferry dock can be repaired.

Vehicle ferry services -- CLOSED -- until mid-March
Check with the individual ferry service for operation schedules

Visitor Centers -

Harkers Island Visitor Center OPEN Visitor Center Store OPEN
Holiday hours:
Thanksgiving Day Closed; Christams Eve and Christmas Day Closed; New Years Eve and New Years Day Closed

Light Station Visitor Center Closed Visitor Center Store Closed
Keepers' Quarters Museum Closed
Beaufort Visitor Information Center Closed
Portsmouth Village Visitor Center Closed

Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Closed until further notice

Restrooms -

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

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

Back road restrooms near the point of Cape Lookout Closed

Great Island Cabin Camp -- South Core Banks

Cabins Closed
Cabin office Closed
Ice sales Closed
Gas sales Closed
Bath house Closed
ORV dump station Closed

Long Point Cabin Camp -- North Core Banks
Closed for the 2022 season due to damage from Hurricane Dorian - no sales of ice or gas

Bath house: restrooms Closed; shower section Closed Note: Water is not potable (drinkable)
ORV dump station Closed

Shell Point, Harkers Island

Nature trail OPEN (only during daylight hours)
Restrooms OPEN -

Last updated: January 4, 2023

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