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Cape Lookout National Seashore

#1 of 6 things to do in Harkers Island Features Animals
131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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A must beach day.

Cape Lookout National Seashore is the best beach around. It takes a short ferry ride to get here... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

This light house sits on an island only accessible by boat. I highly recommend making a day trip... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nicole L
Hazleton, Pennsylvania
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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%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't climb the lighthouse, it was to hot. It was very windy the day we were that but still enjoyed shell collecting. Beautiful place

Thank smac90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had never really been interested in visiting a lighthouse but got the opportunity while staying in North Carolina with my brother and his young family. I am so glad I got the opportunity. It was a big climb (207) steps but I made it...More

Thank Dawn D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I truly enjoy visiting lighthouses! This lighthouse on Cape Lookout is a must do when in the Crystal Coast area. Short ferry boat ride to the lighthouse. Be sure to take your own water/soda's, trash bag for any trash, good shoes to climb the lighthouse....More

1  Thank vhash77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The seashore is beautiful. Although there are people visiting, it is not commercialized so it is something extra special. It feels so natural and it is well cared for. I cannot wait to go back.

Thank gladacya
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was a beautiful island. We rode a ferry over to it. There are clean restrooms but no other amenities. They don't even supply regular garbage cans as you have to be responsible for your trash to take off the island. There are some recycle...More

Thank Denny K
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We came here on the Island Express Ferry and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It's an easy walk from the ferry landing to the lighthouse and then over to the Atlantic side of the island for a completely different experience. The lighthouse is majestic and peaceful...More

Thank jyates34
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Wife and I visited it for the first time in June 2017 with the purpose of climbing the lighthouse. Fantastic visit! The view is amazing from the top, best view out of all the lighthouses in NC! Do bring your own water and bookbag, no...More

1  Thank rcdude07
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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.
11 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