This is our beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut topographical Map of Cape Lookout in
the Southern Outer Banks, North Carolina.
The Crystal Coast is an 85-mile stretch of coastline in North Carolina that extends from the Cape Lookout National Seashore, which includes 56 miles of protected beaches, westward to the New River.
The Crystal Coast is a popular area with tourists and second-home owners in the summer. The absolute boundaries of this coast are often disputed, but the main area includes all the major Carteret County beaches (those on Bogue Banks, which face south).
It also includes eastern portions of Carteret County, such as Harkers Island, Down East and Shackleford
Banks, as well as the northern Onslow County beaches (Bear Island/Hammock's Beach), and a few ports along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Some tourism marketing calls the region the Southern Outer Banks, to draw connection to the main Outer Banks, which traditionally terminates at Cape Lookout; the point of which marks the northern extent of the Crystal Coast.
Cape Lookout National Seashore preserves a 56-mile long section of the Southern Outer Banks, or Crystal Coast, of North Carolina, running from Ocracoke Inlet on the northeast to Beaufort Inlet on the southeast.
Three undeveloped barrier islands make up the seashore - North and South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks.
The seashore includes two historic villages on Core Banks, Shackleford's wild horses, and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, which has a black-and-white diamond pattern.
A visitor’s center for the seashore is located on Harkers Island. The National Park Service, as part of their Centennial Initiative celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, is planning to rehabilitate the Lighthouse and restore the Cape Lookout and Portsmouth Village Historic Districts.