Explore the shore in a Kubota UTV

Cape Lookout National Seashore named “Best National Park Beach” by USA Today

The Cape Lookout National Seashore is well known for its isolated beaches and great shells, and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a just stroll away from the local ocean-facing shoreline.

What better way to enjoy the scenic landscape of Cape Lookout than by renting a new Kubota UTVs? From the lighthouse, take a ride out to the point at Cape Lookout for great fishing and some of the best shelling in the area. Along the way, be sure to keep your eyes open for birds and other wildlife. You may also take a step back in time as you travel through the historic Cape Lookout Village and by the old lifesaving station and several old cottages.

These Utility Terrain Vehicle are fun for the whole family and allow you to see more of the island.  The 4x4s can carry up to four passengers and are a fun way to explore Cape Lookout.  Half-day and full-day UTV rentals are available.

Cape Lookout National Seashore protects a 56-mile stretch of barrier islands on the North Carolina coast. These undeveloped beaches provide vital nesting grounds for sea turtles and shorebirds and a herd of wild horses roam free on Shackleford Banks. The Cape Lookout lighthouse and two historic villages offer a glimpse into the lives of people who made their living on the edge of the sea.

Once at Cape Lookout you are free to explore, enjoy, and relax for two to two and a half hours before departing Cape Lookout to return to Beaufort. Prepare for a fun adventure!  Take in all the gorgeous sights of the seashore, including wildlife sightings of dolphins, wild horses, local bird species, and more. Go for a swim or just explore the shore, looking for seashells as you walk along the water.

Island Express Ferry Service is only ferry authorized to drop off at the lighthouse!

Cape Lookout Lighthouse is currently closed. Major renovation are scheduled to begin in the fall/winter of 2021. The National Park Service expects the renovation to take two years to complete.

Advance Reservations Suggested

  • Call Island Express Ferry Service directly to book at (252) 728-7433. Be sure to tell them you are staying at the Beaufort Hotel.
  • Visit the Island Express Ferry Service website for information, schedules, rental guidelines, and pricing. You can also book your trip online.
  • Renters must be 25 years or older with a valid driver’s license to rent and drive a UTV.
  • Only 4 people are allowed to ride in a UTV, regardless of age.
  • Helmets are available as an option for passengers.
  • These Kubota UTVs are very popular and book up quickly.


Images provided by Island Express Ferry Service.

Drive Time
6 min.
Distance from Hotel
2.4 miles
six seat all terrain vehicle

Locals Recommend

“The ATVs are great to drive and can get you to parts of Cape Lookout which typically require long treks by foot. For those who want to cover more areas on the island and do it conveniently, the ATVs are a great choice.  This service also opens up more independence for those who might not be as mobile by foot. Overall, great option with a great ferry service.”

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Attraction Details


Harkers Island:

  • 1800 Island Road
    Harkers Island, NC 28531

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