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“Wonderful”

Cape Lookout Lighthouse
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Beautiful attraction. Visitors can climb the lighthouse on certain days! Visitor center/gift shop on site perfect for keepsakes.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Don't pay attention to the National Parks website...take a ferry like Calico Jack's and buy lighthouse tickets after you get to Cape Lookout (that's now the only way to get tickets). We truly enjoyed the climb and the view from the top of the lighthouse, and you can tour the keepers house. There are two different huge beaches to enjoy that were basically deserted when we were there...you can also hire a truck to take you on a tour of the island. You can see the wild horses on Shackelford Banks as the ferry goes by. There was a strong breeze so the temperature was very nice and the bugs couldn't bother us.

3  Thank culby
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Feeding a craving for something new, I chose South Core Island - Part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Having extensive camping experience in remote areas, this seemed like a great chance to experience camping coastal style. First off, this is not a trip for everyone. Unless you have a rabid appreciation for all things natural or are a fisherman there is little to "do." Which was perfect for me. If you want some quiet time and don't want to be crowded then Cape Lookout might be a good fit.
First, I would go to the NFS (National Forest Service) web site for good info on visiting these islands. They make it clear you need a four wheel drive to navigate the island. Why they let anyone one on the ferry without it is beyond me. The non-four wheel drives plug up the roads but they do make for entertaining comedy on the beach.
The South Core Island is reached from Davis, NC. There are two ferry companies, I rode with Davis Shore Ferry Service and they were wonderful people. The ride is over in about 30 minutes. Once on the island - there is a sand trail running north and south the length, and in most places you can "exit" to the beach and drive there. I was out there Memorial Weekend and the regulars complained about the "crowds." I camped at the very north end of the open beach some 5 miles from the ferry and had zero neighbors inside of a quarter mile. I drove over 40 miles in 4WD touring the island during the weekend and was amazed at every turn in the beach, or rise in the trail. This is truly a wondrous place. Beautiful clean beaches, amazing friendly people and all the peace and quiet you can handle.
Others here have already written about the lighthouse and it is a beautiful structure, a beautiful park and beach out front and great NFS staff answering questions and guiding folks along. As advertised, remote, pristine and full of history - Cape Lookout's South Core Island was a treat.

1  Thank Dad58
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

You will need to hop a ferry to get out to Harkers Island. I used Calico Jack's. The horses are not on Harkers Island but rather on Shackelford banks, which you will pass on your ferry ride to Harkers Island. I had to catch a flight in the afternoon so my time was a bit crunched. I stayed on the island for 2 hours, which ended up being enough. I think camping out here would have been a fun adventure. There is a fee to go up in the lighthouse, which wasn't open when I visited. The older couple at the visitors center where super nice and helpful, giving me a bag to collect shells in and pointing out what might be where. If you are going to swim, the sound side offers warmer water.

2  Thank TryppAdams
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Cape lookout light house has a lot of history which the park keepers love to tell you about the history of the light house and the island. The light house wasn't open to climb till mid May but was great to see. Went to the beach afterwards the Atlantic side, the beach was beautiful. At this time of year it was almost 80 degrees but we had the beach to ourselves. LOVE IT

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