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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 older children, Activities for young children
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Columbus, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful beaches and free to camp!! $15 per person ferry ride and we were set for two nights of camping on the beach. Gong to sleep with beautiful sights of sunset on one side of the island and sunrises on the coast was all to perfect.. A must see

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Loved our trip to Cape Lookout. Took the truck out to the point, and found sooooo many beautiful sea shells. It was gorgeous, and so worth the trip. Can't wait to go again in the near future.

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Broad Creek, North Carolina, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

What an absolutely stunning place! The lighthouse is the key draw to this beautiful, pristine beach. And i mean MILES of sound front and ocean front beach. The ferry service is located In the harkers island area, a small fishing village. The ferry drops you off right at the lighthouse. The climb is worth it!

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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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266 reviews 266 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
32 helpful votes 32 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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