Cape Lookout National Seashore Travel Guide
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Cape Lookout National Seashore

Extending for 55 miles from Portsmouth Island to Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout National Seashore includes 28,400 acres of uninhabited, remote, sandy islands and marsh, which are linked to the mainland by ferries. Loggerhead sea turtles, which are on the federal list of threatened and endangered species, nest here. To the south, wild ponies roam Shackleford Banks. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed on the beach, and primitive camping is allowed. There are primitive cabins (with and without electricity, no linens or utensils) with bunk beds. Ferry service is available from Beaufort to Shackleford Banks; Beaufort, and Harkers Island to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse area; from Davis to Shingle Point; from Atlantic to North Core Banks and Long Point; and from Ocracoke Village to Portsmouth Village.

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