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Cape Lookout National Seashore

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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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Great day trip

Cape Lookout is a great location for beaching, swimming (sound side) and sea shell hunting. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Stefanie P
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Love it

Great boat ride, was very windy but still we were able to enjoy, friendly staff. No food for... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
bellabrasillian
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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres of undeveloped barrier islands are accessible only by boat
  • Excellent87%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“cape lookout” (86 reviews)
“ferry ride” (28 reviews)
“ocean side” (29 reviews)
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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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"harker's island"
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"shackleford banks"
in 31 reviews
"day trip"
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"wild horses"
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"light house"
in 16 reviews
"visitor center"
in 15 reviews
"ferry service"
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"great island"
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"gift shop"
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"pristine beach"
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"the national park service"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Cape Lookout is a great location for beaching, swimming (sound side) and sea shell hunting. The water is crystal clear. The island was not crowded. This place has my heart.

Thank Stefanie P
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

Great boat ride, was very windy but still we were able to enjoy, friendly staff. No food for purchase

Thank bellabrasillian
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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

This was our second trip to Cape Lookout in May and one of my favorite places. Cabins are basic, just plywood structures with running water and propane gas. You have to pack in EVERYTHING you need. But the beaches are great, few people, shelling is...More

1  Thank Lora D
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

What a great place to take a group of Boy Scouts for a long weekend of camping on the beach. One of our group had been before and thought it was a good idea. ended up great. Campfire and cookout right on the beach and...More

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

This stretch of seashore is truly an amazing unspoiled magical place... Its what being at the beach should be all about... Been down twice headed down for the third time this summer taking the wife and dogs. I do not missing the built up over...More

1  Thank scmhowlingmoon
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Reviewed April 9, 2018 via mobile

We took the ferry from Harkers Island , after visiting Shackleford Banks. Everything about our trip was great. The lighthouse is beautiful and very well maintained and so are the grounds and the boardwalks and the piers where you get on and off the boats....More

1  Thank Susan M
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

We went before the start of tourist season in the area so the Lighthouse was closed, but we had a fabulous time walking the beach collecting sea shells. We used a ferry service so only had 4 hours at the lighthouse. There is a wooden...More

Thank Jay R
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Reviewed February 2, 2018

Cape Lookout National Seashore, which includes Shackleford Banks, gives visitors an opportunity to experience a part of the North Carolina coast virtually free of commercial development. From wading in the surf and combing for shells, to spotting wild ponies and touring the famed lighthouse, a...More

2  Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Reviewed January 26, 2018 via mobile

We visited in the off-season in January was very beautiful, could only imagine how much more beautiful it would be in the summertime.

Thank John C
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

We visited this island with a Road Scholar group on a beautiful day. Unfortunately the lighthouse was closed for the season, but there are several very nice walking paths and a beautiful beach. It is accessible by auto(4 wheel drive) but the boat is a...More

Thank Wildycat
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136cmadden
May 4, 2018|
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Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
The ferry will drop you off at a very large docking area. It is a short walk down a well-maintained boardwalk to the lighthouse. The only sand you should encounter is after you cross the boardwalks towards the Atlantic... More
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scmhowlingmoon
April 19, 2018|
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Response from Wildycat | Reviewed this property |
We were there last fall with Road Scholar and it was beautiful but quiet.
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scmhowlingmoon
January 20, 2018|
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Response from scmhowlingmoon |
This is my third time going to the cabins on cape lookout just the first time in the summer... If you have a running list of questions maybe I can answer some of them for you
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