Outdoor Activities

  • Surf fishermen with their vehicles.

    Beach Driving

    A vehicle can be a great way to reach a remote camping spot or to go surf fishing or shelling.

  • A group of terns in the surf.


    With over 250 species to be found, birding is a year-round activity at the seashore.

  • A variety of boats anchor offshore at Cape Lookout National Seashore.


    The islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore are reachable only by boat.

  • Tents on the sand.


    Ah, camping at the beach. Sea, sand, sun, brilliant sunsets, and dark skies.

  • An angler on the beach at sunset.


    Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast.

  • A trail marker.


    Only two marked trails, but miles of beach to explore.

  • A young visitor watches the Shackleford horses from a safe distance.

    Horse Watching

    Meet the locals.

  • Hunter in duck blind.


    Managed hunting activities that are compatible with other recreational uses.

  • A group of kayakers cross the open water.

    Kayaking & Canoeing

    Even novice paddlers can cross the open waters of Core Sound and Back Sound under good condition.

  • Seashells and starfish on the beach.


    For the best shelling, try to comb the beach early in the morning, at low tide, after a storm, or during times of lower visitation.

  • Two boys with face masks play in the water.


    Always swim with a buddy.

  • A windsurfer sails across the water of the sound.


    Many windsurfers use the area known as Shell Point on Harkers Island.

Last updated: January 12, 2018

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131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531


252 728-2250

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