cape lookout

Cape Lookout National Seashore

The Cape Lookout National Seashore consists of 56 miles of beautifully undeveloped coastline stretching in barrier islands from Ocracoke to Beaufort Inlet.  A short three-mile boat ride off-shore takes you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore where you can enjoy activities like shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages. There’s something for everyone at Cape Lookout, you can even bring your dog!

spend a few hours…
At the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, you can soak up the sun and saltwater on the beach, venture into the Keeper’s Quarters Museum and climb to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular sweeping views of the coast from 160 feet in the air. If you want to spend your time on the beach there is a long boardwalk that will take you across the dunes. Once you arrive, you will have miles of untouched beaches made for your enjoyment. This is where you can listen to the sound of the crashing waves, go shell hunting, or fish until you’re fully satisfied. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day at the beach!

…or play the whole day
There aren’t any restaurants on the Banks so be sure to pack your lunch, water, sunscreen, and other supplies you may need. With an entire day, you can plan an extended trip such as a short kayaking session or a private ferry tour of the seashore. You will have ample time to search for horses on Shackleford Banks and explore down to the point of Cape Lookout. Along the way you’ll see a variety of shorebirds, find a treasure trove of seashells and you’ll want to watch for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles along the way.

wild ponies, shackleford ponies