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Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Address: 131 Charles St, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9665
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Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres...

Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres of undeveloped barrier islands are accessible only by boat

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So fun

The ferry was so fun and Mike was out captain, he was funny and knowledgeable. The cape lookout stop was beautiful. We found some great seashells.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Coats, North Carolina
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Coats, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The ferry was so fun and Mike was out captain, he was funny and knowledgeable. The cape lookout stop was beautiful. We found some great seashells.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took the ferry with the family for the afternoon. Great uncrowded beaches on both the Ocean and Bay sides. Water was sparkling clean, no garbage ANYWHERE. Kids loved collecting seashells and although it was little ( mid 70s ) couldn't resist the sparkling water and we took a dip. Highlight was a pod of dolphins close to shore. Lighthouse and... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must if you dig "glamping" and want to get away from it all. We took the Davis Ferry , a fourth generation run boat, to Great Cabins on the island. Book your ferry reservations far in advance and make sure that you have four wheel drive! The Cabins are fairly primative- hot water and propane stove. No electric unless... More 

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North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family went and everyone had a great time. The ferry ride over was great and seeing the lighthouse and spending the day at the beach was awesome

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Franklin, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 days and 2 nights on Great island in cabin 5. It was a great adventure for our family of 4. April was not too buggy and the lack of electric and AC was not an issue. The bunk bed mattresses were better than expected. The water was potable but pretty bad tasting even in coffee- I would... More 

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Gloucester, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This review is for the National Park Service Hateras Island. We could not go to Cape Lookout because the winds were high. The park services has an interactive section with information about the area. They have a theater showing a movie about twenty minutes long. It is informative but sadly pushing evolution, just the facts sir. The Ranger on duty... More 

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Winston Salem, NC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting Cape Lookout has been on our list of NC places to see for several years, now we want to go back as soon as possible! We seem to visit the lighthouses when they are under renovation, here it was the Lighthouse Keeper's house. If we visit later in May, the lighthouse is open to climb to the top. In... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the early morning boat at 9:30 and came back about 1:45 which gave us plenty of time to walk along the seashore and visit the old village. The lighthouse isn't open this time of year so we couldn't climb it but we had a good look and appreciated all the information that was available about the area. The... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We took a boat over to the island, Cape Lookout. The lighthouse is in great shape! There's a boardwalk to walk over to the house and lighthouse. The NPS is restoring the house. Then the boardwalk goes to the ocean side of the island. This is the most pristine beach i have ever seen. Several miles of beach and nobody... More 

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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We drove out to the Cape Lookout National Seashore after having stopped at the area information center. The clerk at the information center was very helpful making many recommendations of things to do and places to eat, but didn't mention the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitors Center is closed on Sundays during the winter. The restrooms are in a separate... More 

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