When you are looking for a great way to stretch your muscles while breathing in the fresh, sea air, hunt for seashells along the 56 miles of Cape Lookout’s undeveloped barrier islands. These islands offer bare beaches which are perfect for finding fresh discoveries of Whelks, Scotch bonnets, gray sea stars, oysters, and many other interesting shells. Pack a picnic, and see what’s been washed up along the salty shores. While competition can be thick, go out in the winter months, in the early hours, at low tide, or after a storm, for more success in collecting these natural beauties.

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While this trip is something you may consider only in the summer, comb the beaches during the winter to hunt for seashells. Several types of boats are used as ferries to get to Cape Lookout National Seashore.

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