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Cape Lookout National Seashore

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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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Pretty lighthouse

Wish the lighthouse was open to walk up to the top and keeper's house. Nice boardwalk to walk... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Indianapolis, Indiana
Beautiful Beach

We drove down from New Bern to explore the area. Nice quite drive down once you get off of 70... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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Reviewed yesterday

Wish the lighthouse was open to walk up to the top and keeper's house. Nice boardwalk to walk around. The visitor's center and National Park Ranger were very nice. Beach was beautiful - white clean sand.

Thank TLMo2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove down from New Bern to explore the area. Nice quite drive down once you get off of 70. Visitors Center had some nice displays and information along with a gift shop selling souvenirs and educational items. Didn't look at the prices though. I...More

Thank Lorri P
Reviewed 17 September 2017

The National Park Service does an outstanding job of maintaining the park grounds. The lighthouse is beautiful, but don't miss a 10-min walk across the island to the beach with sand the consistency of sugar! Lovely wildflowers and good educational signs explain the history of...More

Thank Beth A
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have visited the Cape Lookout Lighthouse many times. The ferry to the lighthouse is great. The Visitors Center is very nice and has a move about the area. This is a must see.

Thank dheflin57
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Beautiful. ...saw the wild horses on Shakleford Banks & went to the lighthouse on cape lookout! Well worth the trip. If you want to see the horses plan for minimum of 2 hours! Plan to take your time enjoying the beach! Highly recommended! !!

Thank cris b
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful place and a nice beach...even got to see the wild horses on Shackleford island right across from lighthouse island. The shore line is plenty and not too busy for parking your boats and the waters and beaches were very clean. Bath house...More

Thank Joe T
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Do not go if it is really windy, a lot of open area for sand to blow around. Great place to see nature untouched. Also see scenery you will not see anywhere else.. Plus the lighthouse is cool to see.

Thank Hans W
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Cape Lookout National Seashore is the best beach around. It takes a short ferry ride to get here but is well worth the effort. There is sightseeing, swimming, shelling, strolling, everything one could want at a beach. The island offers a gift shop and changing...More

Thank JDBuild1
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This light house sits on an island only accessible by boat. I highly recommend making a day trip out of it. We took a ferry to the island and had less than 2 hours to explore. The light house is beautiful and the view from...More

Thank Nicole L
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We spent the day visiting Cape Lookout National Seashore and Shakleford Banks. Those two pair really well together to make a great family day.

Thank scottyv538
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Julie W
16 July 2017|
Response from Docinnc | Reviewed this property |
Lighthouse hours are Wednesday through Sunday. Notice is on their website. This software won't let me paste in the address! Early in the season they were not sure because of the federal budget they could not hire summer... More
We're driving from Southern Illinois. I've never been to the Carolinas and my goal is really to get to the beach. So we just had our plans cancelled for an upcoming trip next weekend. We want to camp literally on the beach no strings, I guess some call it primitive. It looks like all the sites that your could reserve through the parks sites are all reserved. The only site that seems to even be an option is Cape Lookout. My only concern is the ferry. Does it run frequently? I'm worried about a possible medical emergency. Since I'm not familiar with the area I'm wondering where do we leave our car if we don't want to take it on the ferry? Also, once you arrive on the island, where does the ferry take you? I'm going to have an umbrella, towels, etc, things to carry by hand. Is it extremely far to walk before we can locate a reasonable beach site to camp on? I'd also appreciate any places of interest as far as trails, places to walk, sights to see, etc.
12 July 2017|
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Response from MamaKLB | Reviewed this property |
If there is a medical Emergency they will helicopter you out. Ferries run frequently but if you are taking your car you need reservations. Ferries stop in the afternoon. It's a 30 minute ride. It is going to be HOT out... More
15 January 2017|
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Response from Karen D | Property representative |
The lighthouse is currently closed for the winter. We will reopen in the spring -- May 16th -- for the summer season. The lighthouse will then be open for climbing Tuesdays through Saturdays (closed Sundays & Mondays... More