Cape Lookout, NC

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Take a ferry to the island for a day or a camping getaway

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Take a beach shuttle tour to explore the island

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Look for shells along the pristine beach



Have an unforgettable adventure on Cape Lookout and the South Core Banks, one of North Carolina’s breathtaking barrier islands.

getting here

Island Express Ferry Service

Enjoy a ferry service provider authorized by Cape Lookout National Seashore and the National Parks Service. Fee required and each passenger is allowed 2 carry-on items, such as a backpack and a chair


Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Standing 163 feet tall and flashing every 15 seconds, the lighthouse has been guiding ships safely through the local shoals for over 150 years. Check out the lighthouse keeper's house as well and view historical artifacts


Narrated Beach Shuttle

Learn about Cape Lookout and South Core Banks’ history and ecology while sitting open air in the bed of a pickup truck during this narrated tour. Offered every hour or every 30 minutes on various days throughout the week


Cape Lookout Village Historic District

Located 2 miles south of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Travel through sandy paths and maritime forests to travel back in time to see how the community that previously existed on the island once lived.


Shelling At Lookout Point

Close to the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current, this seashore is home to a variety of seashells, including conch, scotch bonnets (North Carolina’s state shell), knobbed whelk, Atlantic Moon Snail, helmet shell, and coquina which can be found along the beaches and in the shallow waters.



A trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore is an adventure you won't soon forget. Plan in advance, pack water and snacks, leave no trace, and enjoy a day relaxing and unwinding at this untouched gem off North Carolina's coast

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