Harkers Island has the honor of hosting both the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor Center and the Core Sound Waterfowl and History Museum along its shores, making it a very special stop during any Crystal Coast trip. This area – made up largely of residential homes and private communities – offers some of the most unique views of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse (our Diamond Lady), as well as boat launches and marinas to explore a quieter, calmer side of the Coast. Official ferry service to Cape Lookout National Seashore is also available out of Harkers Island at the Visitor Center, found at the far east end of the Island.
Rolling into the New Year, Cape Lookout National Seashore, in conjunction with the Crystal Coast Stargazers Club, will pursue designation as an International Dark Sky Park. This designation from the International Dark Sky Association (IDSA) is a process that involves planning and documenting the exceptional starry nights and the nocturnal environment that is preserved and protected for public enjoyment.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!