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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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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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Absolutely Magical

What a beautiful experience. I went in mid-October and had a wonderful time. The National Park Service building in Harkers Island is really nice, with a small gift shop and some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2015
Leah A
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

What a beautiful experience. I went in mid-October and had a wonderful time. The National Park Service building in Harkers Island is really nice, with a small gift shop and some informative displays about the history and biology of the area. Our ferry operator was fantastic -- he basically gave us a narrated tour for the entire ride over to... More 

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Rindge, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

An all day leisurely excursion. The island is beautiful. Add a side trip to Shakleford to see the horses and your day is complete.

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Thank Patricia W
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Took the Davis Island ferry across the sound to the park landing. We had rented a cabin so after checking in with the park office, it was off to our Grand Banks Cabin. Cabin was clean and well kept. Park officials were friendly and helpful in every way. Seashore was clean and free of litter. Plenty of hot and cold... More 

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1 Thank Eastover4me
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

There's never a bad day at Cape Lookout. The view from the top of the lighthouse is like no other. The park rangers are very knowledgable and helpful. Fishing is great and shelling is particularly good after storms.

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Thank Msbhavn8420
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We've been finding ourselves of late being entranced by lighthouses and the history surrounding them, and Cape Lookout is right at the top of those experiences. Being that one must take a ferry to visit the island and the light house makes it even more special, and it's a trip worth every second and cent spent on it. And if... More 

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Thank Tubaman77-CTC
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

While vacationing on Emerald Isle in September 2015, we decided to visit the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. It was about an hour drive to the Harker's Island Visitor Center where we picked up the ferry. Restrooms are available here before your ferry ride! Ferry service was great, but you will need to pick a return time to reserve your spot. However,... More 

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3 Thank Christie Y
Wilmington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Drove up to Cape Lookout for a day trip. Weather was great. Drive was nice. Boat ride was enjoyable and short. Captain was very chatty and informative. Water was a beautiful shade of blue. very clean ..Beach was very nice. Lighthouse was nice but typical. Guide at Lightkeepers house was very informative and friendly.. On the ferry ride back ,... More 

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Thank Raymond F
Genoa, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

So nice and amazing visit this place , where you can walk without cars , between silence and wind . It's worth climbing the lighthouse to see the panorama around you

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We took the ferry and a rented Kubota to one of the cabins on Cape Lookout National Seashore. It was absolutely gorgeous! On the ferry ride over the shallow bay we saw dolphins and lots of birds. Cape Lookout is really long, and it is easy to under estimate how long it takes to get around when you cannot drive... More 

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Lumberton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Spend the day to walk around and spend time at the beach in addition to the lighthouse. Have to take the trash back with you but there is water and flush toilets.

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