Operating Hours & Seasons

Cape Lookout National Seashore is open 24 hours and 365 days a year. Operating hours for visitor centers and other services will vary throughout the year.

Hours

Harkers Island Visitor Center:

  • Summer Hours (April - October): open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Winter Hours (November - March): open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm
    closed Sundays, New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days
Beaufort Visitor Information Center

  • Summer Hours (April - October): open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Winter Hours (November-March): open Tuesday - Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    closed Sunday, Monday, New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days.

Light Station Visitor Center & Keepers' Quarters Museum are open from April to November and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Cabin Offices at Great Island and Long Point are open from mid-March to the end of November from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Portsmouth Village Visitor Center is open from April to October (hours vary).

Park administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed all government holidays)

Services available seasonally

Ferry service: Passenger ferry service to Shackleford Banks and to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is available all year (weather dependent). Vehicle ferry service is available from mid-March to the first weekend in December.

Beach Shuttle: Truck transportation from the Cape Lookout Light Station to the point of Cape Lookout is available from mid-May to mid-September.

Cabin rentals are available from mid-March to the end of November.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531

Phone:

(252) 728-2250

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