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Cape Lookout Lighthouse and National Seashore

1800 Island Road
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Cape Lookout Lighthouse was named Best National Park Beach in 2016 by readers of USA Today and 10Best!

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse and National Seashore is about a one-hour drive from Emerald Isle, stretching across 56 miles from the Ocracoke Inlet to the Beaufort Inlet.

If you’re seeking some R&R, then you should definitely add this to your vacation to-do list. Take a day trip three miles off-shore to beautiful remote beaches where you can relax, renew and re-energize yourself.

Watch wild horses and other wildlife frolic along the white sands and green marshes. Go shelling, fishing, birding or camping. Climb 207 steps to the gallery of Cape Lookout Lighthouse, equivalent to climbing a 12-story building. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open for climbing tours every Tuesday through Saturday from the second week in May to the third weekend in September.
Visitor Tips:


  • Visiting the Cape Lookout National Seashore in the summer? The islands maritime areas can be buggy during the humid season so don’t forget your bug repellent.
  • Bathroom and picnic facilities are available as well as a tour through the activity vendors.
  • Good shoes are a must!
  • Authorized passenger ferry service is available from the waterfronts at Beaufort and Harkers Island. Contact our Activities Department at (866) 626-5220 or Activities@EIRealty.com for more information.

Don’t forget to download a free Emerald Isle vacation catalog to browse our amazing selection of beach vacation rentals for your next vacation or getaway!



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