The rustic, wooden cabins at Long Point and Great Island offer beachfront views of the pristine, undeveloped barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. The cabin camps can only be reached by boat, adding an element of both privacy and adventure. The park's sandy beaches are prime locations for fishing, shelling, swimming, birding, and simply relaxing.
Great Island Cabins are currently CLOSED for the winter. Check the Park Conditions page for updates on Great Island cabins and the availability of other amenities (gas and ice sales, bath house, etc). Both barrier islands, North Core Banks and South Core Banks, are open for vehicle/tent camping as well as surf fishing, shelling, etc. Check directly with the vehicle ferries for their operating schedules.
NOTE: Cabin reservations begin for the 2021 season: January 6, 2021 at 10:00 am online at Recreation.gov
Please Note: Customers who cancel a cabin reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee. Refunds resulting from storm closures will be handled on a case by case basis.
Available vacancy (day of) rentals -- Cabins can be rented on an availability basis the day of arrival
Rental Rates and Cabin Maps
Long Point Cabins: NOTE: Due to the amount of damage inflicted by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019, Long Point Cabins are not available for the 2021 season.
Long Point Cabin rates
Long Point Cabin Camp Reservations and Map
Office Hours 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 7 days per week during the open season
Great Island Cabin Information 252-725-0256 (cell phone) during the open season
General/Off-Season Information 252-728-2250 ext. 0
Check In / Check Out
Check In Time 2:00 PM Check-ins will be delayed from 1:00 pm until 2 pm to allow for cleaning under new covid protocols. You will not be allowed to place personal items on the porches while you wait.
Note: if arriving after 3:00 PM, call the Cabin Office in your cabin area ahead of time to arrange for your keys and access to your cabin after the office closes.
Ferry Contact Information
Phone numbers for the ferries to the cabins can be found on the Authorized Ferry Services page.
What to Bring
Pets in Cabins
Visitors who are renting one of the cabins may keep their pet in the cabin or on the porch unattended as long as the pet is kept in a crate. Pets should be inside at night to ovoid encounters with raccoons.
Pets are not allowed inside any other buildings in the park.
Vehicles on the Islands
All vehicles on the islands must obtain the ORV Beach Driving Permit. Visitors renting a cabin will have an unpaved parking area near their cabin with space for two vehicles. Additional parking is available with a permit (ask at the cabin office) in the cabin area's unpaved long-term parking lot.
There are no roads in the national seashore: all driving is done on loose sand. Four-wheel drive is highly recommended. Information on the ORV Beach Driving Permit and driving on the islands can be found on the Beach Driving page.
Primitive beach camping is also available. For more information, please visit the Beach Camping page.
Last updated: January 23, 2021