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Cape Lookout National Seashore
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Owner description: Popular recreation area for surf fishing and shelling, these 28,500 acres of undeveloped barrier islands are accessible only by boat
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Warm water, clean beach, remote, peaceful and picturesque. Do not miss the chance to visit this gorgeous island. National Park Service is friendly and helpful to visitors. Salute these guys for their service.

My only regret is that I could not stay longer and explored the island more. I pray that I will be able to visit again.

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Reviewed 26 August 2014

We sailed around the Core Sound and the Back Sound. The sailing was excellent. A small centerboard boat is ideal because the water can get pretty outside of the marked channel, especially at low tide. Make sure your sailboat has a motor, or you'll never get out of the local marina's on the south side of the island. Both are tight and designed for motorboats, and typically have a direct headwind.

AVOID the marshy areas. The bugs are terrible and they do not smell too pleasant. Much of the sound side of the barrier islands are marshes.

If camping, you can sail across the sound to Power Squadron Spit or one of the narrower parts of the Shackleford Banks, which are very narrow and are sandy on the sound side (meaning no marsh on the sound side.

Bring bug spray. Bugs are bad about an hour before sunset and an hour after.

1  Thank Sethpool
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

I have been to the Cape Lookout island several times and it is definitely one of my favorite beaches. Normally we take the truck over on a ferry in the morning and spend the day there, but the last time my family and I went out, we decided to camp overnight. There are cabins you can rent, but we decided to sleep in tents on the beach. Make sure you are very prepared before you go out because there are hardly any people on the island and no way to get off until the next morning. Bug spray, water, and shade are very important. There are bath houses near where the ferry drops you off at, but if you are going to the beach side then they are a drive. You can find some AMAZING seashells on the beach, especially early in the morning after high tide. It is also a great spot for fishing. Watch out for stingrays though, they often come up close to the shore with the tide, though we've never had a problem with getting stung or anything. You can also go up inside the lighthouse. You basically have almost the entire beach to yourself, which is why I love this place!

3  Thank Karissa M
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Whether you have your own boat or you take a ferry from Harkers Island or Beaufort to Cape Lookout it is well worth the trip. The beach is pristine with the ability to collect shells and enjoy the sound or beachfront. The lighthouse is well preserved with a good small historical museum and is still

There are less people at this beach which makes it more enjoyable. On the plus side according to whether you very you take the ferry, tour
or your own boat route you can go by Shackleford Banks where you can see the wild horses. I recommend it to get a full experience of the North Carolina Outer Banks without the crowds of tourist.

If you were going remember to take all your own supplies and food although there is a very nice bath house.

2  Thank Lickcreek
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

My wife and i go camping here every year for a week or so. Great fishing and an amazing low key beach. remember to pack in and pack out everything you need and to really get the whole experience take a 4x4 vehicle. theres so much to explore and find!!

1  Thank Chris C
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