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Cape Lookout National Seashore

Contact Info
131 Charles Street
Harkers Island, NC 28531



Surf-fishing is huge here in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Enjoy some of the world's best quality fishing from the beautiful shores of the Outer Banks or from a boat in the adjacent sound. Spring and Fall offer what many consider the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast.


Fishing Methods:
Surf-casting and boat fishing


Camping Info
Primitive beach-camping only


Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Harkers Island Visitor Center

Only one section of Cape Lookout National Seashore is reachable by car -- the Visitor Center located on the eastern end of Harkers Island, approximately 20 mi (30 km) east of Beaufort, NC and 30 mi (50 km) south of the Cedar Island terminus of the North Carolina State Ferry route from Ocracoke Island to Cedar Island.

From Beaufort
Take U.S. 70 east to Harkers Island Road (SR 1332/SR 1335).

From Cedar Island
Take SR 12 south past the Atlantic turnoff to US 70 west. Continue on US 70 to Harkers Island Road (SR1332/SR 1335) .

Follow Harkers Island Road until it terminates. On the left is the two-story visitor center.

Barrier Island Destinations

The islands within the seashore are reached only by boat, either your personal boat or one of the privately operated ferries.

Passenger ferries leave from the communities of Harkers Island, Beaufort, Morehead City and Ocracoke, NC. The ferries from Davis and Atlantic, NC can transport passengers and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

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