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Address: 131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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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Wonderful pristine beach with lighthouse and lots of intact shells

Arrived and purchased ferry tickets for the 15 minute boat ride to the lighthouse and beach. On the way, we slowed down to see the horses on the adjacent island: wonderful. There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
ontheroadagain33
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Maryland

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Arrived and purchased ferry tickets for the 15 minute boat ride to the lighthouse and beach. On the way, we slowed down to see the horses on the adjacent island: wonderful. There is very limited amenities. It is a national park: so there is a gift shop and bathrooms. The lighthouse is a easy climb up and there is a... More 

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Springfield, Ohio
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Best to plan ahead for this trip - even making a reservation for the ferry to the island. That is especially true during peak season. Yes, you do need to take a ferry to get to the island. It is $16 per adult. I would recommend planning about 2 to 3 hours for a visit. If you want to climb... More 

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to run down to visit since this was the only OBX lighthouse that we had not been to. Things to know: 1. Bring bug spray 2. the lighthouse is closed for climbing from September to April 3. bring your own water and snacks With those important things stated, I will elaborate a bit. You must take a ferry... More 

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1 Thank Jonathan K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the island ferry and spent a few a hours here. The ocean side of the beach is gorgeous with big waves and surf. Not a lot of people on this side but not very good for swimming. Lots of smenities on the island such as restrooms, showers, etc. Lighthouse is cool. Beautiful afternoon spent relaxing. Recommend bringing own food,... More 

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Thank Angelica R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was just a dream once there. During Labor Day Weekend it was a hassle and long lines for ferry tickets and the ferry. Even longer lines and delays on the way back. So you better not plan anything with a timeline after. The island itself is just precious. The sound side is suited for relaxing in the water. The... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saw dolphins next to the outer dock area in the morning. The harkers island ferry was definitely the least crowded verse other options. The ferry ride was rough but fun. Saw horses in the water on the way to the lighthouse. Don't miss the beach access, great large shells. We have climbed many lighthouses, we absolutely loved the view from... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I spent the day on The island and enjoyed every minute. We took the ferry ride over and toured the lighthouse. We hiked the trails and basked in the sunshine. Make sure you bring snacks and drinks. It is an underdeveloped island and there aren't restaurants. We plan to visit before the weather turns cold!

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Amory, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just as beautiful as I expected the people were all so friendly and the lighthouse is beautiful. Everyone was so helpful. We enjoyed our visit. Hope you enjoy also!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

We're on a family vacation and very lucky that my brother has a boat and knows the area. He and his family took us to Cape Lookout and the area on it that they call 'The Bite'. Absolutely stunningly beautiful and natural!!! If you can get here, it's so worth it! The water, the beaches, it's all just gorgeous! So... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Right on schedule. Friendly service and helpful. Took us right out to the side of island with the wild horses. The other side has better chances for shelling. Make sure you pick the right drop off or you'll be waking! No shade on Shackleford or facilities so bring everything you need. Beautiful views of horses though. Highly recommend without young... More 

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