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Cape Lookout National Seashore

131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC
252-728-2250
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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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I have been to the Cape Lookout island several times and it is definitely one of my favorite beaches. Normally we take the truck over on a ferry in the morning and spend the day there, but the last time my family and I went out, we decided to camp overnight. There are cabins you can rent, but we decided... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Whether you have your own boat or you take a ferry from Harkers Island or Beaufort to Cape Lookout it is well worth the trip. The beach is pristine with the ability to collect shells and enjoy the sound or beachfront. The lighthouse is well preserved with a good small historical museum and is still functional. There are less people... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My wife and i go camping here every year for a week or so. Great fishing and an amazing low key beach. remember to pack in and pack out everything you need and to really get the whole experience take a 4x4 vehicle. theres so much to explore and find!!

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Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Cape Lookout is an essential stop for anyone wanting to see the real beauty and serenity of the NC coast line. Great beach and opportunity for larger shells. The light house is historic and the rangers are quite informative. The light house and guest quarters are easily accessible. If taking a ferry, loading and unloading is a bit of a... More

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Clayton, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

For the last three years my family and I have been foregoing all other beaches since coming to Cape Lookout. I live in NC and have visited most beaches and Cape Lookout is our families favorite. From Harker's Island, go to the end of the island and purchase a Ferry ticket. Once you arrive at the Lighthouse you can either... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We went here in 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Of course we could not go inside the lighthouse at that time as it was not open to the public. We plan to return and climb it at some point.

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Huntsville, AL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We rented a Kubota from the local ferry service and camped overnight at Cape Lookout. We had to go a little earlier than anticipated because of the predicted hurricane, but it was worth it to have the privilege of experiencing of a pristine beach and watching the sun rise over the Atlantic. Overnight a sea turtle decided to come onshore... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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