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Cape Lookout National Seashore

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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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Cape Lookout is Amazing

This stretch of seashore is truly an amazing unspoiled magical place... Its what being at the beach... read more

Reviewed yesterday
scmhowlingmoon
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Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Beautiful place

We took the ferry from Harkers Island , after visiting Shackleford Banks. Everything about our trip... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan M
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Salisbury, nc
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Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres of undeveloped barrier islands are accessible only by boat
  • Excellent87%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“cape lookout” (84 reviews)
“ferry ride” (28 reviews)
“ocean side” (29 reviews)
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131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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Reviewed yesterday

This stretch of seashore is truly an amazing unspoiled magical place... Its what being at the beach should be all about... Been down twice headed down for the third time this summer taking the wife and dogs. I do not missing the built up over...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the ferry from Harkers Island , after visiting Shackleford Banks. Everything about our trip was great. The lighthouse is beautiful and very well maintained and so are the grounds and the boardwalks and the piers where you get on and off the boats....More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We went before the start of tourist season in the area so the Lighthouse was closed, but we had a fabulous time walking the beach collecting sea shells. We used a ferry service so only had 4 hours at the lighthouse. There is a wooden...More

Thank Jay R
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

Cape Lookout National Seashore, which includes Shackleford Banks, gives visitors an opportunity to experience a part of the North Carolina coast virtually free of commercial development. From wading in the surf and combing for shells, to spotting wild ponies and touring the famed lighthouse, a...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

We visited in the off-season in January was very beautiful, could only imagine how much more beautiful it would be in the summertime.

Thank John C
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

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 accessible by auto(4 wheel drive) but the boat is a...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

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 sand.

Thank TLMo2014
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Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

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 educational items. Didn't look at the prices though. I...More

Thank Lorri P
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Reviewed 16 September 2017

The National Park Service does an outstanding job of maintaining the park grounds. The lighthouse is beautiful, but don't miss a 10-min walk across the island to the beach with sand the consistency of sugar! Lovely wildflowers and good educational signs explain the history of...More

Thank Beth A
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have visited the Cape Lookout Lighthouse many times. The ferry to the lighthouse is great. The Visitors Center is very nice and has a move about the area. This is a must see.

Thank dheflin57
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scmhowlingmoon
20 January 2018|
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This is my third time going to the cabins on cape lookout just the first time in the summer... If you have a running list of questions maybe I can answer some of them for you
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Julie W
16 July 2017|
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Lighthouse hours are Wednesday through Sunday. Notice is on their website. This software won't let me paste in the address! Early in the season they were not sure because of the federal budget they could not hire summer... More
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