Cape Lookout National Seashore, Harkers Island

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Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves a 56-mile (90-km) 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 visitor 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.
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  • The Visitor Center has a few well done interesting displays and an excellent gift shop. The location is stunning….wonderful views and nice covered picnic tables. The ferry to the lighthouse leaves.....  more »
  • Cape Lookout is great! Perfect for families! We take our boat out and anchor up near the lighthouse and let the kids play in the calm sound waters. Wild horses are often seen across the channel on...  more »
  • Captain George and Patrick were great! We also were able to see some of the Shackleford horses from the ferry to the lighthouse. Quick processing both buying tickets/Onboarding and the return load up....  more »

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