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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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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Beautiful isolated beach. Very nice. I was there in September and had the beach to my self. Nice place to spend the afternoon beach coming and shell hunting.

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Roswell, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I am a travel writer and photographer for National Park Planner (npplan.com) and I visited Cape Lookout National Seashore in early September 2014. The park is comprised of three barrier islands on the northern coast of North Carolina: Shackleford Banks, South Core Banks, and North Core Banks. The park is just south of another National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice little museum area and gift shop. Covered picnic facilities availalbe in case you want to eat your lunch there, but no where to purchase food, so be sure to take your own.

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Hockessin, Delaware
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Warm water, clean beach, remote, peaceful and picturesque. Do not miss the chance to visit this gorgeous island. National Park Service is friendly and helpful to visitors. Salute these guys for their service. My only regret is that I could not stay longer and explored the island more. I pray that I will be able to visit again.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We sailed around the Core Sound and the Back Sound. The sailing was excellent. A small centerboard boat is ideal because the water can get pretty outside of the marked channel, especially at low tide. Make sure your sailboat has a motor, or you'll never get out of the local marina's on the south side of the island. Both are... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I have been to the Cape Lookout island several times and it is definitely one of my favorite beaches. Normally we take the truck over on a ferry in the morning and spend the day there, but the last time my family and I went out, we decided to camp overnight. There are cabins you can rent, but we decided... More

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Whether you have your own boat or you take a ferry from Harkers Island or Beaufort to Cape Lookout it is well worth the trip. The beach is pristine with the ability to collect shells and enjoy the sound or beachfront. The lighthouse is well preserved with a good small historical museum and is still functional. There are less people... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My wife and i go camping here every year for a week or so. Great fishing and an amazing low key beach. remember to pack in and pack out everything you need and to really get the whole experience take a 4x4 vehicle. theres so much to explore and find!!

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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Cape Lookout is an essential stop for anyone wanting to see the real beauty and serenity of the NC coast line. Great beach and opportunity for larger shells. The light house is historic and the rangers are quite informative. The light house and guest quarters are easily accessible. If taking a ferry, loading and unloading is a bit of a... More

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Clayton, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

For the last three years my family and I have been foregoing all other beaches since coming to Cape Lookout. I live in NC and have visited most beaches and Cape Lookout is our families favorite. From Harker's Island, go to the end of the island and purchase a Ferry ticket. Once you arrive at the Lighthouse you can either... More

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