Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island

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Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves a 56-mile long section of the Southern Outer Banks, or Crystal Coast, of North Carolina, USA, running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast. Three undeveloped barrier islands make up the seashore - North and South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks. The seashore includes two historic villages on Core Banks, Shackleford's wild horses, and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, which has a black-and-white diamond pattern. A visitors center for the seashore is located on Harkers Island.The National Park Service, as part of their Centennial Initiative celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, is planning to rehabilitate the Lighthouse and restore the Cape Lookout and Portsmouth Village Historic Districts.HistoryThe National Seashore was authorized on March 10, 1966. It was named a North Carolina Natural Heritage Area on May 23, 1986. The seashore was designated the Carolinian-South Atlantic Biosphere Reserve on June 16, 1986. Near noon on September 9, 2007, Tropical Storm Gabrielle made landfall at this exact point with winds of 60mi/h. Damage was light but flooding and beach erosion affected this lookout. On August 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene made landfall near Cape Lookout as a Category 1 storm with 85 mph sustained winds. Hurricane Arthur also made landfall near Cape Lookout as a Category 2 storm with 100 mph sustained winds.
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  • We took a boat over to the island, Cape Lookout. The lighthouse is in great shape! There's a boardwalk to walk over to the house and lighthouse. The NPS is restoring the house. Then the boardwalk goes...  more »
  • We drove out to the Cape Lookout National Seashore after having stopped at the area information center. The clerk at the information center was very helpful making many recommendations of things to do...  more »
  • I was at Fort Macon and decided to call Cape Lookouts visitor center. I was interested in camping on the island. The lady gave me the information I needed, which was "Yes you can camp. Enjoy your time...  more »