Cape Lookout National Seashore


In the Cape Lookout National Seashore, barrier islands from Ocracoke to Beaufort stretch 56 roadless miles. The seashore is an International Biosphere Reserve. Core Banks, with its cape called “Horrible Headland,” and Shackleford Banks enclose Core Sound. Shackleford Banks is home to a herd of wild horses maintained in collaboration with the Foundation for Shackleford Horses and the National Park Service. In 1899, families began to move inland after a series of hurricanes tainted their water supply. Nearby Harkers Island natives are descendants of these families with strong ties to the Banks and their heritage. Cape Lookout Harkers Island Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 12/25 & 1/1).


131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531


34.68817900, -76.52650500
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(252) 728-2250

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