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Cape Lookout National Seashore Beach Camping

131 Charles St, Harkers Island, North Carolina 28577 USA

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“Explore & camp on remote beaches”

A boat ride three miles off-shore brings you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages--there’s something for everyone at Cape Lookout. Be sure to bring all the food, water, and supplies you need (and carry your trash out of the park) when visiting these remote beaches. If you have four hours or less ... On Harkers Island you can visit Harkers Island Visitor Center where you can explore the exhibits, watch the park film, walk the nature trails, and more. In the lighthouse area you can sunbathe on the beach, swim in the ocean, tour the Keeper's Quarters Museum, visit the Light Station Visitor Center, or climb the lighthouse. On Shackleford Banks you can go swimming, shelling, sunbathing, and enjoy the beach. In Portsmouth Village you can take a guided tour of the village, visit the Theodore & Anne Salter House and Visitor Center, explore the exhibits, and go shelling or swimming or sunbathing. You can also become a Junior Ranger or Junior Ranger Adventurer by picking up a booklet at any of the Visitor Centers. If you have an entire day ... You can also search for horses on Shackleford Banks (in your own group or on a ranger guided tour), walk or ride down to the point of Cape Lookout to watch the nesting shorebirds or find larger shells, plan a short kayaking or canoeing trip, go fishing, or search for wildlife.  If you have more than one day ... Tent camping or renting a "rustic" cabin in the park can be the perfect way to get away from it all. You can also plan a longer canoe or kayak trip, bring a four wheel drive vehicle so you can tour more of the park, and go stargazing. Please remember: only the Harkers Island destinations can be reached by vehicle. All other locations must be accessed by personal boat or private ferry. A wealth and variety of activities awaits you at Cape Lookout National Seashore. From birding, to camping, to fishing, to learning about the rich history of Cape Lookout Light Station -- there is something for everyone! - http://www.nps.gov/calo/index.htm

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Tatiana Danger

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Take the ferry to Cape Lookout Lighthouse. If you don’t have time, snap your pictures of the only checkered-pattern lighthouse in the United States from the shore. But if you do have time, the lighthouse’s visitors center and keepers’ quarters museum are open in the summer.

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Cape Lookout National Seashore Beach Camping

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, North Carolina
28577 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
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  • Standard Tent Sites
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