One of the more popular spots to visit within the National Seashore is the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. There are a number of passenger boat operations from Harkers Island that will take you on the three mile ride to the lighthouse.
In addition to the lighthouse, Cape Lookout National Seashore has many other points of interest. At the north end of park is the site of former Portsmouth Village. This coastal village was a small but important port during colonial times. The village was chartered in 1753 but officially abandoned in 1971. Today, there are 21 buildings of the coastal community preserved as part of the park.
Along the southern boundary of the park sits the Shackleford Banks. This barrier island is well known for the wild horses that inhabit the island. It is also a popular location for fishing, hiking, and camping.
Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves nearly 56 miles of coastline along the Southern Outer Banks. The seashore was authorized into the National Park System on March 10, 1966.
All photos taken by post author - July 2008
- Cape Lookout Lighthouse ---Outerbanks.com
- Portsmouth Island - The Loneliest Land ---Our State Magazine
- Cape Lookout National Seashore & Beaufort ---Photo Set from July 2007 by author