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Cape Lookout National Seashore

131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Fishing
Description: Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres of undeveloped barrier islands are accessible only by boat
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Among the most magnificent beaches I have ever been to. The water was so clean, warm and beautiful. The beach not crowded and only accessible to us by boat. A day I will not soon forget. I look forward to returning again and again in the future.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We absolutely loved our day at Cape Lookout National Seashore! A day soaking up the sunshine on the beach was a perfect way to spend a day while in Beaufort, NC. We took the ferry over, stayed for about 5 hours, and we never saw a single mosquito thanks to a little breeze. The day couldn't have been more perfect.... More

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Rural Hall, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This year we went back to Atlantic Beach, and stayed at the Seahawk again....We drove over to the Cape Lookout National Seashore....which was a short beautiful drive itself...We got as near as we could, and took a boat over to the lighthouse....OMG....To me it was a trip back into time....Can you imagine the lighthouse keepers....the ships, the men at sea,... More

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Florence, South Carolina
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265 reviews 265 reviews
25 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We have visited Cape Lookout Bight three times by private boat, and it just gets better with more familiarity with the channels and depths. We arrived at low tide and anchored just off the beach at the lighthouse. The swimming in shallow water at low tide is so delightful! As the tide starts to come in more, the water gets... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Wow. This is like paradise. I was very impressed with this non commercialized piece of Heaven on our coast. The water was beautiful, the beach spotless and the light house was amazing. We rode the ferry from Harkers Island at the welcome center. 15.00 per person and you can stay as long as you want. If you aren't going to... More

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Roanoke, VA
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I'm so glad I was able to visit. If possible try to go early before it gets to hot. You may want to take water too. If you like collecting shells there is a truck ride available to the point of the island that I would highly recommend. There were many nice shells we found this past Friday. This is... More

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Huntersville NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We took the ferry (boat) from Harkers Island over to cape lookout. The open ocean is a little rough so keep that in mind. Also, you have to do a lot of walking and climbing once you get there. But it is all well worth the effort! The most beautiful area I have ever seen. We found so many huge... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I found myself at this national seashore on a trip to visit it's landmark lighthouse. This is a pure beach, totally undeveloped aside from the lighthouse and the structures used by the National Park Service. To reach the seashore, you'll need to travel by ferry or boat. The Island Ferry Adventures company holds a contract with the park service, and... More

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Washington, DC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Stayed 3 nights in Cabin 14. Note the even number cabins are the ones closest to the ocean. The cabins are duplexes with odd and even numbers. Recreation.gov lists the oceanfront cabins as the odd numbers. Long Point cabins are on the North Core Island. Access is by Morris Marina in Atlantic, NC. My wife and I have a Toyota... More

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Everything. The availability, the fishing, swimming, etc. Treasure every trip over there, and going to the end of Harkers Isl. to just look over at it.

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