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Cape Lookout National Seashore

Address: 131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC
Phone Number: 252-728-2250
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Fishing
Owner description: Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres of undeveloped barrier...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Type: Beaches, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Fishing
Owner 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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Harkers Island, North Carolina, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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Rural Hall, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Beautiful.....Serene.....Lighthouse was awesome....Staff very knowledgable.....friendly....private beaches....no large crowds when we went over to the Cape....Highly recommend making the trip...

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Eastern NC
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95 reviews 95 reviews
47 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Most places on the Outer Banks of North Carolina can be accessed by car, but Cape Lookout is different. It is composed of two barrier islands that are only accessible by boat, and thus give you a lot more of the peace and solitude that some are looking for. There are private ferries that you can purchase a ticket on... More 

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Harkers Island, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The website states there is a Mule Train which is a vehicle to take people from the lighthouse where the ferry drops you off down to the point 3 miles away. We asked to purchase tickets along with 2 other people. The employee made a call and we were told they couldn't get a driver in for less than 6... More 

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Ohio
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We wanted to see the lighthouse and found out we could take a ferry from either Beaufort or Harker's Island. Since we were interested in seeing the National Park Service Visitor Center, we decided to take the ferry from there on Harker's Island. We went off season, in October, in beautiful weather. This is a ferry ride, not really a... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Dang good beaches away from the hotels. Unbelievable! Miles of nothing but sand and surf. Bit of a drive but worth it. Fun to visit the lighthouses.

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Castalia, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This can be a harsh destination due to exposure to the elements - they'll tell you that at the visitor's center where you catch the ferry to go over, altho' there is a sheltered picnic table and an air conditioned gift shop to duck into; but it is wonderful - the lighthouse and a beautiful ocean beach with an unusual... More 

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North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We did this on a motorcycle and the it was amazing. Fresh air, very few cars and pristine shoreline. You can't take your eyes of the ocean.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Just got back from Great Island Cabins yesterday. We took the wrong ferry and ended up at the wrong cabins but that was our fault. When we got to the Cabin Office and realized what had happened. Tom, Amy and Allison jumped into action to find out what we wanted to do. Tom called the Davis, NC Ferry Captain and... More 

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Indianapolsi
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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