Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island

Categories: National Parks, Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.9/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • I took the ferry from Harkers Island, stopped for a while to see the ponies on shackleford island to see the ponies and then over to Cape Lookout. I took the tour by four wheeler to see the historic t...  read more »
  • Arrived and purchased ferry tickets for the 15 minute boat ride to the lighthouse and beach. On the way, we slowed down to see the horses on the adjacent island: wonderful. There is very limited ameni...  read more »
  • Best to plan ahead for this trip - even making a reservation for the ferry to the island. That is especially true during peak season. Yes, you do need to take a ferry to get to the island. It is $16 p...  read more »
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