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Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Address: 131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-728-2250
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Activities: Hiking, Fishing
Description: Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres...
Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres of undeveloped barrier islands are accessible only by boat
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Beautiful beaches & great shelling

We took the ferry from the state park on Harker's Island to Cape Lookout & Shakelford Islands. The captain was knowledgeable and told us the history of the islands and the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We took the ferry from the state park on Harker's Island to Cape Lookout & Shakelford Islands. The captain was knowledgeable and told us the history of the islands and the best places to go on our visit. He stopped on the way out to allow us to take pictures of the wild horses and the varied birds. It truly... More 

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Macon, North Carolina
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273 reviews 273 reviews
18 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We watched the film about the Shackelford Banks narrated by Meryl Streep. Interesting story about Portsmouth Island, and how the shifting sands constantly change the islands. Interesting artifacts and story boards give a lot of the history. Watch the closing time, as our car almost got locked in the parking lot, as were walking around the grounds outside after visiting... More 

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North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We visit Harkers Island and the Cape Lookout visitors center often, but we had not done the Soundside Loop Trail until this year in mid March. It was a very nice trail through the forest and along the sound. There are several areas to get to the waters edge and a nice long dock to get even closer to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We visited the island to see Cape Lookout. We spent 4 hours there and it was one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to. So many sea shells. On the way over we seen the Shackleford ponies. Very nice trip.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

we visited the island well outside swimming season. however, the weather was beautiful, endless beaches with no folks! we met a very friendliy ranger who explained the history of the island, the lighthouse and the living on the island as well as the wildlife. the ferry ride took as along the herding area of the wild ponies. a perfect day!

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Myrtle Beach
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We did not take the boat across to the island but the visitors center and surrounding area was a nice stop and gave a good view of the lighthouse and surrounding sound. Everything was very clean and the people there were very friendly.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Finally made it out to Core Banks to visit the last of the OBX lighthouses and walk the beach. Not too many visitors in early March, but the temperature was mild which made for a very pleasant walk on the beach, which had lots of shells. Would love to come back and camp when it's a bit warmer.

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Little River, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you like venturing to new found places where beaches and nature are untouched then Cape Lookout is worth a day or 2, l trip. To get there, one must take a tour boat, glass bottom, ferry, or as we did --4 boats from Virginia traveled 7 days, of course stopping overnight at different marinas , down the ICW, seeking... More 

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have grown up here in Carteret county and when I need some relaxing and TLC we head to the Cape. Quiet peaceful serene . Plus while you are there in the summer there are rangers and locals there who love to tell you the history. Enjoy the fishing snorkeling camping there its the most wonderful place I have ever... More 

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Harkers Island, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Drive to the end of Harkers Island, the island being a worthwhile destination in its own right. Take a Park Service ferry from the visitor center, over to Cape Lookout National Seashore, and enjoy a pristine beach that stretches for 26 miles, all the way to Drum Inlet. After walking across the dunes on the wooden boardwalk to the beach,... More 

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