Located on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina and featuring three beautiful undeveloped barrier islands, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a must see National Seashore. Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves a 56-mile area that features many historical landmarks, including two historic villages on Core Banks, Shackleford's wild horses, and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. The area was first recognized for protection in 1966 and was later named a North Carolina Natural Heritage Area in 1986.
Cape Lookout National Seashore is quite unique due to all three of the barrier islands having no direct road access. Visitors have to complete a boat ride that takes you three miles off-shore to the islands where you can learn about the history of the area and participate in some fantastic recreational activities. You can go swimming, fishing, birding, beach driving, climb the lighthouse, do a village tour and even pop into the visitor center located on Harkers Island. One of the more unique activities is to search for horses on Shackleford Banks, which you can do on your own or go on a guided ranger tour.
While camping is allowed on certain parts of the three islands RVs are not recommended due to the sandy roads. There are private RV campgrounds close by, or you can bring a 4x4 via a ferry and camp within the park. Cape Lookout National Seashore is open every day of the year and peak season runs from April until November.