October 2, 2018

Cape Lookout National Seashore Opens a Number
of Facilities and Services for Visitors

The Cape Lookout National Seashore and its associated vendors recently announced that a number of facilities and services are reopening for visitors, after area-wide closures related to Hurricane Florence.

The Cape Lookout National Seashore is located just south of Ocracoke Island, and includes a string of barrier islands and attractions that extend from Portsmouth Island to the Shackleford Banks.

Recent updates on access and available amenities within the Cape Lookout National Seashore include the following:

  • The National Seashore Visitors Center on Harkers Island is reopening on Tuesday, October 2.
  • The Island Express Ferry Service will resume its hourly fall schedule departing from Harkers Island and Beaufort beginning on Thursday, October 4.
  • Portsmouth Village has reopened and is accessible by private boat or ferry out of Ocracoke.
  • Long Point Cabins on Portsmouth Island remain closed with reservations canceled for the rest of the season. The area will reopen pending completion of dredging operations. There is currently no bathhouse or running water available.
  • Seven Cabins on Great Island (near the Cape Lookout Lighthouse) will be reopening on October 5.
    • Original reservation holders will be contacted.
    • If the original reservation holders decline, the cabins will be released to the public on a rolling basis.
    • Services available include fuel, ice, bathhouse, and dump station.
    • Cabins will be added to the “open” inventory as they become available.
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore will open the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to the public for climbing on Friday, October 5 through Monday, October 8. The National Seashore will waive Cape Lookout Lighthouse ticket fees this weekend to celebrate the progress towards recovery from Hurricane Florence. Originally, the public climb season was scheduled to end on September 16, but was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. This will be the final opportunity for the public to climb the Cape Lookout Lighthouse in 2018.
  • Beach camping will also resume on Thursday on the South Core Banks when ferry operations resume. Use caution as the beach has changed, and please note new signs indicating areas off limits to driving and camping. These areas will reopen as the beach stabilizes. There is no camping on the North Core Banks until ferry operations resume.
  • There is no trash service anywhere on beaches at this time. Everything must be packed out.

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