Cape Lookout National Seashore Professional Review and Guide
"So close to civilization, yet so far away, Cape Lookout National Seashore is another world. This 55-mile-long seashore is made up of three islands: North Core Banks, South Core Banks, and Shackleford Banks. Portsmouth Island is at the northernmost point of the seashore, on North Shore Banks. This abandoned village has been preserved. Dating from the 1700s, this was once the largest community on the Outer Banks. South Core Banks is famous for its Cape Lookout Lighthouse, which overlooks the dreaded Frying Pan Shoals.
The lightkeeper’s quarters are currently being used by the park service as a residence for a volunteer ranger. At the most southern point, you will find Shackleford Island, the wildest of the three. Huge sand dunes meet maritime forest here. No matter which section you choose to visit, you will be enjoying one of the few uninhabited, wild beach areas left in the United States, accessible only by boat. Take your time to explore the islands, enjoying the slow pace of island time."