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part ofCape Lookout National Seashore, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sat Nov 28 2015   Season Dates


Great Island Cabin Camp is located on South Core Banks within beautiful Cape Lookout National Seashore just off the mainland of North Carolina. The historic camp has been a favorite of fisherman and beach goers for many years.

The camp can only be reached by boat, adding an element of both privacy and adventure. Visitors can travel by personal boats or reserve a spot on the ferry, which cruises across scenic Core Sound to South Core Banks to the Great Island Cabin Camp.

Natural Features:

Cape Lookout National Seashore is a low, narrow ribbon of sand running from Ocracoke Inlet, to Beaufort Inlet on the southwest side. At 56 miles long, these barrier islands consist mainly of bare beaches with low dunes covered by scattered grasses, flat grasslands bordered by dense vegetation and large expanses of salt marsh along the sound.


The park's sandy beaches are a prime location for fishing, exploring, beachcombing, swimming, birding or simply relaxing. Spring and fall at Cape Lookout offer what many consider to be some of the best fishing on the Atlantic Coast.

Kayaking is a popular activity at the park. With 112 miles of uninhabited shoreline ranging from docile sound to pounding surf, Cape Lookout National Seashore has become one of the premier paddling destinations on the Mid-Atlantic Coast.


Great Island Cabin Camp offers 25 rustic, wooden beachfront cabins for individuals and families or small groups of up to 12 people. Cabins range in size from 288 to 960 sq ft., and Cabin 2 is accessible.

Each cabin contains bunk beds and mattresses, a private bath with sink and shower stall, a hot water heater, a table and chairs. Small kitchens are equipped with cabinets and a propane oven/stove. A grill is just outside each cabin. Bathroom facilities are also centrally located within the camp.

Campers must provide their own linens, bedding, cookware, food and food storage, coolers, first-aid supplies and anything else needed during their stay. Most campers also bring flashlights or gas lanterns. Ice and gas are available at the camp office.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bay Access
  • Beach
  • Bed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Clam Digging
  • Crabbing
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Trails
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Ice
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Propane Stove
  • Sailboarding
  • Scuba Diving
  • Showers
  • Star Gazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Windsurfing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Beach Camping
  • Fishing Rentals
  • General Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Pay Phone
Know Before You Go
  • Getting to and from Great Island Cabin Camp requires either a personal boat or one of the two ferry services out of Davis, North Carolina: Cape Lookout Cabin and Camps Ferry Service or Davis Shore Ferry Service; reservations are required.
  • Camp office is located just off the road from the ferry ramp and the Caretaker's Cabin is nearby; Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • If arriving after 5 p.m., please call the camp office at 252-725-0256
  • Camping in tents within the cabin camp is prohibited, however families (not groups) may obtain a permit to allow accompanying minors to stay in a maximum of two tents outside the cabin
  • Camp trailers are not allowed
  • Most cabins are wired for generator use, but visitors must supply their own generator
  • Hunting is prohibited
  • Federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.76056, -76.41222
34°45'38"N, 76°24'44"W

From Morehead City, NC, take Highway 70 east approximately 22 miles, and you will arrive in Davis. Cape Lookout Cabin Camps and Ferry Service is located at 125 Grady Davis Lane, and Davis Shore Ferry is located at 148 Willis Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

131 Charles Street
Harkers Island  NC  28531

Phone Number:

Information:  (252)728-2250
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