Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Cape Lookout National Seashore
National Park Service
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Cape Lookout National Seashore is located in North Carolina
34.6076 N
-76.5347 W
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5 Reviews of Cape Lookout National Seashore
This was an amazing trip.

One of my favorite trips to date. Everything was amazing.

Primitive camping on Shackleford Island

We had an awesome trip. The ferry operators were great, they answered all our questions and helped us load and unload our gear. The island is almost completely absent of anything man made, just sand dunes and horses. We found a site with a beautiful view of Cape Lookout lighthouse. We had three young male horses that were always roaming within sight. They even walked close by our campsite. The last night had the most amazing sunset that lit up the lighthouse and the clouds above with beautiful pinks, purple and blues.

State park, clean and in the ocean

No power, water or hookups. Bath house decent, and on the ocean. Take plenty of bug spray. View is stunning. Just be sure you know it’s on an island, and read the tide tables so you aren’t surprised. Enjoy!

Nothing short of AMAZING

Short ferry ride from Harker’s Island. Prettiest water I’ve seen in NC, can be compared to the Caribbean! Fresh water and restrooms on island. Camp anywhere 100ft from buildings. Trees for shade, privacy, protection from wind more central on the island. The light house is beautiful! Wild horses just across the water on Shackleford Banks, which can also be camped- minus all the amenities.

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The Perfect Getaway

Only accesible by boat Cape Lookout is the perfect getaway.

Whether you rent the ferry to take you over, or take the Kayak the beach here is one of the best places to really get back to nature.

The wildhorses live on the islands between mainland and the OBX, taking the time to stop and see them is a must.

The campsite is the entire beach, you can camp sound side, but I don't suggest it. The constant breeze on the beach side keeps the mosquitos at bay, and you will get eaten alive on the sound side. Plus the morning view to waking up to watching the sun rise over the ocean can be beat.

Show up late in April, early may and you will get to see the bioluminesent plankton wash up sound side, and a hike will leave glow in the dark foot frints.

Show up in October and you may get to help the rangers protect the sea turtles as they hatch.

Watersouts are extremely common here, so use sandbags with your tent and make sure the tent can handle heavy winds if the storms blow in over night

If you use the ferry you have to schedule your pickup time when you go.

there is a water pump at the lighthouse, and an outside shower, but you are not allowed to use soap at it. There are restrooms at the lighthouse, and one restroom at the end of the alkay that crosses the dunes to the beach.

There are no "sites" just find a place you want to set up camp, just stay off the dunes.

Fires are allowed as long as you build them below high tide, plenty of driftwood out there to find to burn.