Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

Temporary Burn Ban rescinded for Carteret County on December 8, 2021

Caution should be exercised while cooking outdoors and lit materials should be confined to the grill apparatus. Visitors are asked to dispose of used charcoal and any smoking materials, such as cigar or cigarette butts, carefully and away from any combustible materials. Fires are only permitted on damp sand on the open beach away from grass or other combustible materials -- no fires on grass or in the trees.

All barrier island facilities are scheduled for winterization as of December 23, 2021 until mid-March 2022. See below for list.

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 in areas of substantial or high community transmission, all federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside of Federal buildings. This includes the Beaufort Visitor Information Center, Harkers Island Visitor Center, Light Station Visitor Center, Keepers' Quarters Museum, Great Island cabin office and the Portsmouth Visitor Center. Also included in the federal building listings are the bathhouses at Great Island and Long Point and other restroom facilities. Face Masks are required in all NPS buildings and facilities. We are fortunate to have plenty of open beaches where you can spread out and not have to wear a mask while fishing, shelling, swimming, camping and other beach activities.

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 will be winterized and unavailable after December 23, 2021 until mid-March 2022 at the restrooms near the lighthouse and at the Great Island Cabin camp.

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 and Harkers Island OPEN -- weather dependent
Winter passenger ferry schedule service (3 ferries per day) begins November 29, 2021 through March 4, 2022.

Vehicle ferry services -- OPEN until the end of December then closing until mid-March 2022
Check with the individual ferry service for operation schedules

Visitor Centers - facemask wear required regardless of vaccination status

Harkers Island Visitor Center OPEN Visitor Center Store OPEN
Holiday hours:
Thanksgiving Day Closed; Christmas Day Closed; New Years Day Closed
Winter hours beginning December 12, 2021: Closed on Sundays through March 20, 2022. Returns to 7 days a week schedule beginning 3/27/2022


Light Station Visitor Center OPEN Visitor Center Store OPEN (through December -- then closing for season until 3/11/2022)
Keepers' Quarters Museum CLOSED (through 3/11/2022)
Beaufort Visitor Information Center CLOSED (throughThursday, 3/31/2022, Reopens Friday 4/1/2022)
Portsmouth Village Visitor Center CLOSED

Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Closed until further notice

Restrooms - facemask wear required regardless of vaccination status

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

  • soundside dock area restrooms CLOSED (beginning Dec 23, 2021)
  • oceanside pedestrian beach restrooms CLOSED (beginning Dec 23, 2021)

Back road restrooms near the point of Cape Lookout CLOSED
Barrier island restroom status over the winter -- all restrooms will be winterized (water turned off, etc.) beginning December 23, 2021
Great Island Cabin Camp -- South Core Banks

Cabins CLOSED
Cabin office CLOSED
Ice sales CLOSED
Gas sales CLOSED
Bath house CLOSED (Dec 23, 2021 through mid-March 2022)
ORV dump station OPEN

Long Point Cabin Camp -- North Core Banks
Closed for the 2021 season due to damage from Hurricane Dorian - no sales of ice or gas

Bath house: restrooms CLOSED (Dec 23, 2021 until mid-March 2022) shower section CLOSED (Dec 23, 2021 until mid-March 2022)
ORV dump station OPEN

Shell Point, Harkers Island

Nature trail OPEN (only during daylight hours)
Restrooms OPEN - facemask wear required regardless of vaccination status

Last updated: December 22, 2021

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Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island , NC 28531

Phone:

252 728-2250

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