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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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Affordable way to get away from it all and to somewhere beautiful!

Took the ferry from Harker's Island Visitor Center (where you can park your car for free) to Cape Lookout for $15 roundtrip. Also drivers/ferry appreciate gratuity so bring a few... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Took the ferry from Harker's Island Visitor Center (where you can park your car for free) to Cape Lookout for $15 roundtrip. Also drivers/ferry appreciate gratuity so bring a few dollars. When you arrive at Cape Lookout you can camp on the sound side or the beach side. We took the boardwalk across to the beach side and camped not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Easy cheap ferry ride and wonderful quiet beaches on the Atlantic and sound sides. They are primitive beaches and minimal facilities, so bring food, water and beach gear and plan to stay a while and relax or look for seashells.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I'm thankful that folks long ago recognized the natural beauty of the offshore islands and put them in the national park registry. Shackleford Banks is an untouched beach great for swimming and shell collecting. Water can get choppy so be aware of that at tide changes. It can also be very windy, but that helps on really hot days. Access... More 

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We went camping on the beach for three nights. The first two nights were really great but on the third night the "no-see-ums" were out in full force. We had four different kinds of insect repellent and none of them were effective, so my recommendation is to take something for sand fleas specifically. The breeze was great the entire time... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the United States, and I've been to most. GO! Just GO! It's wild, natural. Take whatever you need because there's no place to buy anything. The ferry service can be rough for some, though I thought it was fun. Absolutely gorgeous. One of the best days of my life was... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited 3 times during our holiday. The ferries are great and if possible they take you to see the wild horses during the journey. The ferry captains are very knowledgable. The lighthouse is open from Tuesday to Saturday and it only costs $8 per adult to climb the 207 steps. The views at the top are superb! If you... More 

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Havelock, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Super National Park. I have seen many visitors and all were pleased with the park. The lighthouse is closed on Sunday and Monday. It will close for the season in September.

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

You have to take a ferry to get there. It's worth every penny. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse. Or, you could be on the beach in 5 minutes. Or stop and watch the wild ponies on Shackleford Bank. But, if you're looking for sea shells, this is the place. Great big conch shells and all kinds... More 

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Harkers Island, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a beautiful area of the NC Outer Banks that can be reached only by private boat or the ferry services at the east end of Harkers Island (Shell Point) at the National Seashore headquarters or the ferry located on Front St. in Beaufort. These ferries carry passengers only (no vehicles). If you visit the Cape Lookout area there... More 

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We drove to Harkers Island and took a ferry over to the island where the lighthouse was located. The surroundings and day were beautiful. On the way to the lighthouse on the ferry, we Shackleford Island. This island has a multitude of wild horses that you can see from the ferry. The lighthouse ($8 - $4 for seniors) was very... More 

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