Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore
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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
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HeleneDC2
Chapel Hill, NC13 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The Visitor Center has a few well done interesting displays and an excellent gift shop. The location is stunning….wonderful views and nice covered picnic tables. The ferry to the lighthouse leaves frequently.

The ranger on duty in the Center was terrific - friendly, knowledgeable and gracious. She gently reminded people to mask with a reminder that we needed to be careful as the virus was increasing. She obviously loved her job and answered lots of questions.

What a great place to visit!
Written August 25, 2021
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doublewoodscj
Apex, NC671 contributions
Sep 2022
We took the Island Express Ferry's "Harkers Island Combo Trip to Shackleford Banks & Cape Lookout" ($30 each). First stop was to see the wild horses and visited the beach with all kinds of shells. The next stop is Cape Lookout lighthouse. We also got on the beach shuttle ($13 each) took us to the most southern tip of the cape. The weather was perfect and the people we met are all so nice. Definitely will go back again soon.
Written September 28, 2022
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gee97
Virginia36 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Cape Lookout. The trip started out with a nice ferry ride from Harkers Island. The staff was great. The ferry ride was about a 15 min ride and they let you off at a the boat dock. The lighthouse is just a short walk from there. There is a nice seating area at the end of the dock and there is a gift shop and nice restrooms. We set out to find some shells so we took the beach truck out to the Point. The beach truck was alot of fun. There was a step stool used to get into the truck. The truck seating could accommodate about 8 people. The guide was extremely nice and accommodating. Unfortunately, low tide was extremely early the day we went out so by the time we got to the Point most of the shells were washed back into the ocean. Several folks fishing there let us know shells were everywhere early in the day. We found a few nice shells. Next time we go we will try to time our trip with the low tide schedules. Overall this was a wonderful experience!
Written May 4, 2021
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Lee M
Jacksonville, NC115 contributions
May 2019
Take the short boat ride from Harkers island over to the Cape Lookout seashore and explore! To go in the lighthouse you do have to purchase tickets and they are for assigned times as only so many people can be inside the lighthouse. Once in you climb the many amazing winding stairs to the top hatch where you step out onto the overlook for a breathtaking view of the water. Hang on to you hat because it is very windy up there! The island also boasts of a few old abandoned buildings that you can view from the outside. Most have plaques letting you know that is was there for. There is also a small history center and gift shop. You can stay on the island all day then catch the ferry back to your car. It is an amazing journey to say the least!
Written January 30, 2020
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Krista K
Buxton, NC179 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Captain George and Patrick were great! We also were able to see some of the Shackleford horses from the ferry to the lighthouse. Quick processing both buying tickets/Onboarding and the return load up and return. We traveled with a 4 month old and our 6 yr old lab mix and it was a pleasant outing. Thank you!
Written May 8, 2021
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Valerie P
Mount Airy, NC203 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Took the ferry over to the lighthouse. Highly recommend staying the whole day as we had to take another day to go over and explore because we only requested to stay for 3 hours. Highly recommend taking the beach shuttle in island to the point. Found TONS of beautiful shells in all shapes and sizes. Beautiful island to explore. The history of island and lighthouse is very interesting. This is a must see.
Written September 23, 2020
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kbailey1088
Charlotte, NC133 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We took the island ferry over to cape lookout lighthouse and had a wonderful time as a family. Once on the island we paid for a truck ride to the end of the cape, about 4 miles down the beach.
We found many large whelk shells in the ocean and had a great time despite the occasional showers. So worth the time and effort to get to the island
Written August 13, 2020
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Dhahran19802018
Durham, NC12 contributions
May 2022
Nice place to walk the beach, visit the lighthouse (currently closed), and see the Atlantic Ocean by crossing to the other side of the island. The ferry from Harkers Island is relatively fast and efficient. You could easily spend a whole day here if you love the beach and the ocean, but we thought 1-2 hours was sufficient.
Written May 27, 2022
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Lois P
Candler, NC2,081 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
If you are a nature lover and beach lover, do not miss this chance to enjoy the southern coastline as it was meant to be enjoyed. If you have a four-wheel drive, or want to rent one, contact the ferry service in Davis & book a full or half-day trip over. You can drive up a sand road or along the beach to the inlet to the north or to Cape Lookout to the South. There, you will find the lighthouse & keepers quarters, gift shop with some snacks, rangers & volunteers to answer questions & restrooms with flush toilets. Lighthouse still closed to climbing due to COVID. You can drive all the way down to the point & fish with coastal permit. You will need an off-road permit as well, which is free, issued by the park service, but has to be mailed to you, so plan ahead. You will also have to make ferry reservations ahead of time. We had ours with two days, but I’d recommend giving it a week.
Written July 29, 2020
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Bill S
Greensboro, NC256 contributions
Mar 2022
My Dog and I took the Ferry to Cape Lookout from Harkers Island. It was the end of March the weather was cool and quite windy. We had a great afternoon there. There were very few people on the beach, really cool. The Lighthouse is very cool. It was like traveling back in time. The ferry ride was fairly short and the crew was super. Highly recommend, absolutely ort the fare.
Written April 11, 2022
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