Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Harkers Island

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The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot high lighthouse located on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It flashes every 15 seconds and is visible at least 12 miles out to sea and up to 19 miles. The Cape Lookout Light is one of the very few lighthouses that operate during the day. It became fully automated in 1950. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the only such structure in the United States to bear the checkered daymark, intended not only for differentiation between similar light towers, but also to show direction. The center of the black diamonds points in a north-south direction, while the center of the white diamonds points east-west.
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  • I visit the lighthouse often, usually in my own boat, however I have used the ferry too. The visitor center on Harkers Island has a cool movie about the Outer Banks a must see. The ride to the lightho...  more »
  • To enjoy the lighthouse area you should allow at least half a day, all day would be better. To reach the lighthouse you will first take a ferry boat ride (25min) from the National Seashore office at t...  more »
  • In our lighthouse travels occasionally we can not climb the tower..almost the same here due to high winds. We got in under the wire and well worth it. Though there is not a museum as such for this lig...  more »
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  • Island express ferry service is very knowledgeable in the history of the islands. I definitely recommend doing the 4 hour trip. Captain Tom is a great guide.
  • The lighthouse was incredible to look at from the outside. The island was amazing. I wish the lighthouse were open to the public when I was there but they were only letting a couple school groups use it.
  • Grab the Ferry and bring your beach chair. Didn't want to leave the beach when our time was up for our return
  • this experience was amazing! I'll go there every summer now.
  • loved it its worth the drive

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