There are only two marked trails within Cape Lookout National Seashore, both located on Harkers Island. The Soundside Loop Trail (4/5 mile) winds through the maritime forest behind the Harkers Island Visitor Center to the marsh. The Willow Pond Trail (1/3 mile) circles the pond behind the Core Sound Waterfowl and Heritage Museum. The two trails are connected.
There are no trails on the barrier islands in the seashore, but many people do backpack or hike the islands. Be advised that walking can be difficult due to the soft sand. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.