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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: Fishing, Hiking
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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Best thing we ever did at the beach

My wife and I have been going to NC beaches for nearly 30 years, and our trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore was the best thing we ever did at the beach. The Park Service... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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North Carolina
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163 reviews 163 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I have been going to NC beaches for nearly 30 years, and our trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore was the best thing we ever did at the beach. The Park Service "ferry" (actually a 12-person motorboat) leaves Harker's Island every 30 minutes and takes about 10 minutes to ride out to Cape Lookout. On the way... More 

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Pine Mountain, Georgia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The lighthouse is only a small part of the island. Explore it. Take the shuttle to the other side of the island and enjoy the beautiful flat beaches with perfect green-blue water and lots of shells. The light house and grounds are very nice. The view is spectacular. You can even see the horses on Shackelford. It was a wonderful,... More 

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PARADISE
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We took a ferry over, and this is such an amazing place to spend the day, we were interested in the lighthouse and of course the beach and shells. The national park has really taken care of this island to make enjoyable for everyone. Great gift shop and not high priced at all. The signs telling you everything about the... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

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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18 attraction reviews
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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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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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