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Cape Lookout to Reopen Visitor Center

Cape Lookout National Seashore. Photo: National Park Service

Cape Lookout National Seashore will reopen Friday the Harkers Island Visitor Center as part of its phased reopening of the national park.

Cape Lookout is following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and Carteret County public health authorities. The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and is using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis, according to the park

The Harkers Island Visitor Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for visitor orientation and park resource information.

Starting June 6, the park will open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30  p.m. daily, the Keepers’ Quarters Museum on South Core Banks near the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.  North Core, South Core, and Shackleford beaches remain open.

A return to full operations be phased and services may be limited. The public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities while visiting the park.

Harkers Island Visitor Center Bookstore, Beaufort Visitor Information Center, and the Light Station Visitor Center and Bookstore, Cape Lookout Lighthouse public climbing and in-person Interpretive Programming will remain closed.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on the website and social media channels.

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