Surfing on Cape Lookout National Seashore

Harkers Island, North Carolina

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Surfing is a favorite sport all along the North Carolina coast. If the conditions are right for the beach you’re on—if there’s an onshore swell and an offshore wind—you’ll be able to ride a wave. Cape Lookout may not have the notoriety of Cape Hatteras, but it’s a worthy surf destination nonetheless. If you make the extra effort to get here under these conditions, you’ll be rewarded. The Cape Lookout area across from the lighthouse and the west end of Shackleford are the most popular surfing destinations at Cape Lookout National Seashore, mainly because they are the easiest places to get to from the mainland. It is the rare bird that makes a trip to Portsmouth Island or the north end of South Core Banks specifically for surfing.

Surfing on Cape Lookout National Seashore Professional Review and Guide

"Surfing is a favorite sport all along the North Carolina coast. If the conditions are right for the beach you’re on—if there’s an onshore swell and an offshore wind—you’ll be able to ride a wave. Cape Lookout may not have the notoriety of Cape Hatteras, but it’s a worthy surf destination nonetheless. If you make the extra effort to get here under these conditions, you’ll be rewarded.

The Cape Lookout area across from the lighthouse and the west end of Shackleford are the most popular surfing destinations at Cape Lookout National Seashore, mainly because they are the easiest places to get to from the mainland. It is the rare bird that makes a trip to Portsmouth Island or the north end of South Core Banks specifically for surfing."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Harkers Island
Trail Type: Several options
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for the national seashore, visitor centers, and local resources are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Surfing on Cape Lookout National Seashore

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May 2018