Cabin Vacation

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.

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Season Dates

2019 Season -- Reservations are now being accepted on recreation.gov for both Long Point and Great Island Cabins. Cabins will be open from March 15, 2019 - November 30, 2019

NOTE: Due to the amount of damage inflicted by Hurricane Dorian, Long Point Cabins will be closed for the remainder of the 2019 season.



Reservations for cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore can be made one of two ways:

  • Online at Recreation.gov
  • By phone at 877-444-6777 (TDD: 877-833-6777)
    Reservations are accepted by phone from 10:00 AM to midnight EST March through October and 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM EST November through February.

Cabin Facilities

Great Island and Long Point Cabins
Great Island Cabins Long Point Cabins
Location South Core Banks North Core Banks (Portsmouth Island)
Ferry leaves from ... Davis, NC Atlantic, NC
Number of Cabins 23 cabins 20 cabins
Beds per Cabin 4-12 bunk beds/cabin 6 bunk beds/cabin
Size 288 to 960 sq ft each About 500 sq ft each
Cabin Type Individual. Retangular. Duplex. Octagon or Retangular.
Porches Private porch Porch shared by both cabins in the duplex
Accessibility Cabin 2 is accessible. Cabins 9 & 10 are accessible.
There are no hard surface roads or walkways.
Electricity Wired for 110 volt electricity, but visitors must supply the generator. Generators should be under 5500 watts to prevent tripping the circuit breakers. Electricity provided
Air Conditioning No A/C A/C in cabins 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8
No A/C in cabins 1-2 or 9-20
Ice and Gasoline Ice and gasoline can be purchased at the cabin office -- credit cards preferred.
Fuel sold is unleaded gasoline and "non-highway" diesel.
Other Amenities Each cabin includes a hot water heater, private bathroom with shower, table and chairs, kitchen with propane oven/stove (propane included), bunk beds with mattresses, and a charcoal grill.
Not Included Cabins do NOT include:
linens, bedding, cookware, or a refrigerator

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Rental Rates and Cabin Maps


Cabin Offices

Office Hours 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 7 days per week during the open season

Great Island Cabin Information 252-725-0256
Long Point Cabin Information 252-732-4574

General/Off-Season Information 252-728-2250 ext. 0

Check In / Check Out
Pick up the keys for your rental cabin at the office located in the cabin area.

Check In Time 1:00 PM
Check Out Time 10:00 AM

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.


Additional Information

Ferry Contact Information

Phone numbers for the ferries to the cabins can be found on the Authorized Ferry Services page.

What to Bring

  • Linens and bedding
  • Cookware
  • Coolers (cabins do not have refrigerators)
  • Food and food storage
  • First-aid supplies
  • Flashlights or gas lanterns, if desired
  • Generator, if desired (Great Island only), less than 5500 watts.
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen

Pets in Cabins

Visitors who are renting one of the cabins may keep their pet in the cabin as long as the pet is kept in a crate. Pets may also be kept tied up on the cabin porch provided they are not left unattended.

Pets are not allowed inside any other buildings in the park.

Vehicles on the Islands

All vehicles on the islands must obtain the ORV Education Certificate. 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 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 Education Certificate and driving on the islands can be found on the Beach Driving page.

Beach Camping

Primitive beach camping is also available. For more information, please visit the Beach Camping page.

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Last updated: September 11, 2019

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Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531


(252) 728-2250

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