Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
Most visitors need
An entrance pass is not required to access Cape Lookout National Seashore.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
Cape Lookout Entrance Fee - Free
There is no charge for coming to Cape Lookout National Seashore. The Harkers Island Visitor Center and the Beaufort Visitor Information Center can be reached by car. All other locations require a trip by ferry. There is a charge for the ferry. Contact the ferry company for costs and schedules.
Ferries to the barrier islands charge for their tickets. Contact the ferry company directly for costs and schedules. Check the List of Authorized Ferry Services for more information.
Cabins: For information on renting a cabin, their amenities and other information, visit our Lodging page. Cabins may only be reached by taking a ferry out to the barrier island.
Camping: For information on camping on the barrier islands, visit our Beach Camping page.
Fee Based ActivitiesThere is a fee for some activities at Cape Lookout National Seashore, including Lighthouse Climbs, Horse Sense and Survival Tours, and the Evening at the Cape. Each activity's individual page will include more information on costs, dates, and times.
There are also fees for staying in the Great Island Cabins and Long Point Cabins. Please be aware, Group Camping, Long-Term Parking, and other Special Use Permit activities may have fees associated with them as well.
If your accredited school of academic institutions is planning a visit, ask about our Academic Fee Waiver.
PassesCape Lookout National Seashore does not currently issue the America the Beautiful Passes. The America the Beautiful Passes also do not offer any discounts in our park.
Last updated: October 20, 2023