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.

Season Dates | Reservations | Cabin Facilities
Rental Rates & Camp Maps | Office Hours & Numbers
Additional Information | Photo Gallery


Season Dates

Great Island Cabins are currently CLOSED for the season. 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.

In order to create the safest conditions that we can for our guests, it is extremely important that all occupants of rental cabins are checked out no later than 10:00 am on their date of departure and incoming guests will not be allowed to check in prior to 2:00 pm. This will allow our staff adequate time to clean & disinfect rental cabins before the next occupant arrives. Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

2022 Season -- Great Island Cabins will be OPEN from March 11, 2022 - November 27, 2022



NOTE: Cabin reservations begin for the 2022 season: January 5, 2022 at 10:00 am online at Recreation.gov

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

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
  • Walk-ups can rent available cabins at the Cabin Office during business hours (8 am - 3 pm)
  • After business hours, must make arrangements online or through 877-444-6777 reservation line for recreation.gov. (access to cabin dependent on availability of staff)
  • Available vacancy rentals can only be made with a credit card.

Cabin Facilities

Two images showing the size difference in cabins at Great Island Cabin Camp
Great Island Cabins
Location South Core Banks
Ferry leaves from ... Davis, NC
Number of Cabins 23 cabins
Beds per Cabin 4-12 bunk beds/cabin
Size 288 to 960 sq ft each
Cabin Type Individual. Retangular.
Porches Private porch
Accessibility Cabin 2 is 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.
Air Conditioning No A/C
Ice and Gasoline Ice and gasoline can be purchased at the cabin office -- credit cards only.
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

map of Long Point Cabin Camp

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 2022 season.

Long Point Cabin rates

Long Point Cabin Camp Reservations and Map


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 (cell phone) during the open season

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 2:00 PM Check-ins will be at 2 pm. You will not be allowed to place personal items on the porches while you wait.
Check Out Time 10:00 AM Check-out is at 10 am.

Note: if arriving after 3:00 PM, call the Cabin Office 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, 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 or on the porch unattended as long as the pet is kept in a crate. Pets should be inside at night to avoid 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.

Beach Camping

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

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Last updated: December 23, 2021

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131 Charles St
Harkers Island , NC 28531


252 728-2250

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