Harkers Island Visitor Center

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1800 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC, USA

Harkers Island Visitor Center Reviews

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Cape Lookout Lighthouse Dec 05, 2004
When we got to the end of Harker's Island, we looked for the Cape Lookout Light. We went to the visitor's center, and I got a stamp for the Cape Lookout National Seashore. We looked through the scope at the lighthouse and saw a video tape about the seashore. The lighthouse has a diamond pattern on it to distinguish it from Hatteras and Bodie Island. They call this area "The Crystal Coast".

The lighthouse is on South Core Banks near Bardens Inlet.

You can't get out there except by boat, and at tge time of year we visited, the boats don't run much. Also it is very windy. There was a windsurfer having a wonderful time out in front of the Visitor's Center

The Visitor's Center had a lot of information about the seashore and visiting the lighthouse. The seashore is composed of several islands - one of them (Shacklefort Banks) has feral horses, and one of them has Portsmouth on the south side of Ocracoke Inlet. Formerly Portsmouth was in the lightering business - big ships unloaded their wares and lightered them in to town.

It is now a ghost town because when Hatteras Inlet was opened by a hurricane, all the ship traffic went there. It has been and is being restored by the park service.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse Keepers' Quarters Visitor Center (on the island) Open April 1 - Nov. 24 9:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Although the Cape Lookout lighthouse continues to be a working aid to navigation, warning ships of the location of Cape Lookout Shoals, it is now part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

To provide for limited access, a series of Saturday Open House dates have been established

On the day of the Open House, tower entry will be by reservation only. Reservations may be made only during the announced reservation period for each Open House date. The tower will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. during the Open House, climbing times will be assigned.

To be able to climb you must:

* Make a reservation on the reservation day for the Open House date. Reservations may be made for family groups, limit 5 people per group.

* Be at least 8 years old. (Under age 16 must be escorted by an adult)

* Be able to climb without assistance.

* Wear shoes.

For your safety:

* Only handheld cameras are allowed.

* Backpacks (including child carriers), camera cases and tripods are not permitted in the lighthouse.

* Only small groups may be on the gallery at one time.

To allow as many to climb as possible - time on the gallery (balcony) will be limited.
Video abut the lighthouse at the H…
View with camera lens
Through the telescope at the Harke…
Windsurfer and the lighthouse
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