Harkers Island Visitor Center
Open Summer Hours (April - October) Open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location Eastern end of Harkers Island. On Island Road which is off of US Hwy 70, between Cedar Island and Beaufort, NC. GPS help: use 1800 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC 28531 to bring you to our main parking lot
Programs and Amenities Exhibits on Portsmouth Village, island ecology, and Shackleford Banks horses; interactive map of the park; Kids' Corner with sounds of the seashore game, magnetic discovery board, and a touch table; the park film; informational materials; seasonal programs; free Junior Ranger booklets; special event programs; book store; park passport stamp and lighthouse society stamp; and parking.
Available Facilities Restrooms, first aid, ferry ticket booth, picnic area, and a kayak launch site.
Beaufort Visitor Information Center
Open Summer Hours (mid-March - end of November) Open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day.
Location First floor of the Beaufort Town Hall at 701 Front St, Beaufort, NC.
Programs and Amenities Exhibits on island ecology and history; map of the park; informational materials; free Junior Ranger booklets; and park passport stamp.
Available Facilities Restrooms, first aid, beach wheelchair rental (free) and nearby on the waterfront boardwalk is the ferry ticket booth. Winter hours: restrooms available Monday - Friday during Town Hall business hours. Beach wheelchair rental (free) available through the ferry ticket booth.
Light Station Visitor Center
Open Seasonal, daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location On the boardwalk in the lighthouse area connected to the ferry dock. South Core Banks.
Programs and Amenities informational materials; free Junior Ranger booklets; beach wheelchair (free rental); a bookstore; and a park passport stamp and lighthouse society passport stamp.
Available Facilities Restrooms, outdoor rinse off area, shade shelter, first aid, and wheelchair rental (free) both a standard wheelchair and a beach wheelchair.
Great Island Cabin Office
Open Seasonal, daily from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location Second building on the right from the ferry dock. Great Island Cabin Camp on South Core Banks.
Programs and Amenities Information on park history, nature, and recreation; park passport stamp; free Junior Ranger booklets; beach wheelchair (free rental); long-term parking permits; Saltwater Fishing Tournament Weigh Station; and fishing license purchase/renewal.
Available Facilities First aid.
Long Point Cabin Office
CLOSED due to damage by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Facilities will remain closed until further notice.
Portsmouth Visitor Center
Theodore and Annie Salter House
Open Seasonal, Monday - Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location The first house on the right of the path from Haulover Dock. Portsmouth Village on North Core Banks.
Programs and Amenities Exhibits on lightering, shipping, the fishing industry, and maritime village culture; informational materials; seasonal tours of the village; free Junior Ranger booklets; and park passport stamp.
Available Facilities Restrooms and first aid.
Last updated: July 1, 2021