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 visited this island with a Road Scholar group on a beautiful day. Unfortunately the lighthouse was closed for the season, but there are several very nice walking paths and a beautiful beach. It is ...  more »
  • 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 sa...  more »
  • 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 educa...  more »

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