NPS Suspends Visitor Services, Beaches Remain Open

A view of Cape Lookout Lighthouse at night. NPS photo: Paul Terry

Cape Lookout National Seashore announced March 25 that the national park has added modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

The following Cape Lookout National Seashore operations and services have been suspended, in order to comply with North Carolina and Carteret County COVID-19 guidance:

  • All restrooms (including the Great Island Bathhouse, the Lighthouse Pedestrian Beach restroom, and the Shell Point restrooms on Harkers Island) will close.
  • The park will not provide any visitor services on the banks, until further notice.

North Core Banks, South Core Banks, and Shackleford Banks beaches will remain open for beach camping and day use for private vessels.


Vehicle ferry operators may run, subject to any health department restrictions. Visitors should contact ferry operators before planning their visit.

The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Cape Lookout National Seashore during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees.

As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners are our number one priority.

We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website ( and Facebook page (@CapeLookoutNPS).