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Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Gorgeous Seashore

The visit to the cape was a great trip. We went there by boat and searched for seashells, explores... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
MIBeachgal
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Michigan
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It worth the boat ride

We did not had enough time to enjoy everything. We have to go back to this marvelous island... read more

Reviewed November 23, 2018
Mariejana
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Montreal, Canada
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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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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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All reviews cape lookout ferry ride harker's island shackleford banks day trip wild horses sound side visitor's center light house gift shop ferry service bunk beds low tide well worth the effort the east coast the national park service available for purchase
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

The visit to the cape was a great trip. We went there by boat and searched for seashells, explores the island and lighthouse. Gorgeous views. The water was warm and clear! Best part was getting to see one of my favorite lighthouses.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

We did not had enough time to enjoy everything. We have to go back to this marvelous island!! Place for good pictures with the ocean on one side and calm water on the other side. The boardwalk makes the walk easier but be cautious because...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mariejana
Reviewed November 1, 2018

We took the ferry from Harker's Island out to the island, where we played on the beach for half-a-day and visited the lighthouse. The entire adventure was amazing. Despite it being a busy summer Saturday, we felt like we were alone on the beach. The...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank barton24
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

After we planned our trip around a visit out to the lighthouse the ferry closed on Sunday. We went to visitors center and got a peek at what we missed. Sad.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rogersober
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

We traveled to the island via ferry ride. Island Express Ferry. This is a great location to surf as this is one of the top locations for wave energy on the East Coast. On the way over we observed dolphins in the water and horses...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mary D
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This is the best shelling on the east coast. Take the ferry out of Harker's Island and then hop on the beach shuttle once you arrive at the Cape. Plan on going during low tide and staying until high tide begins rolling in with a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Only accessible by ferry. The ferry operators are very nice. Lighthouse is closed on Monday & Tuesday. The beach is beautiful. The Park Rangers are all helpful and friendly.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Walter O
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Gorgeous place to spend a family beach vacation. We took the ferry from Atlantic, NC. We stayed in cabin 3, which has air conditioning. The cabins have running water, showers, 3 bunk beds, a stove, toilet and cabins 3-8 have air condition. We brought a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank spartanfanChicago
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Had a family outing to Shackleford Banks and then Core Banks. We used the NPS-vendor ferry from Harkers Island and arrived at Shackleford Banks right before low tide. Watching the horses and searching for shells was fun and I could've have stayed all day. Took...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Charles A
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Have always wanted to go over to Cape Lookout and we finally made the trip, well worth the time but you need to go prepared. We carried water, a snack and sunscreen. Keep in mind that you are going to do some walking. The lighthouse...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Praneeth M
August 9, 2018|
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Response from Karen D | Property representative |
Standard drive vehicles (2 wheel drive) are not recommended as there are no hard surface roads anywhere on the barrier islands. All driving takes place directly on the ocean beach or the sand trail behind the dunes. In... More
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crystal w
July 12, 2018|
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Response from Jay R | Reviewed this property |
There is a wooden platform the boat docks to. Once you get on shore there is wooden platforms that go over by the lighthouse and the light keepers house. There is also a wooden platform that goes to the back side of the... More
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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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