Where is Bodie Island and Why Do You Need to Visit?

The Outer Banks is wonderful. From historic sites to informative museums to outdoor adventures, you’ll find the perfect ways to explore our scenic barrier islands. Located off the coast of Roanoke Island, discover the stretch of coastline known as Bodie Island. As this 72-mile peninsula is small, you may not even realize that they are on the island due to its confusing nature. Moreover, the location is absorbed into many towns and is often overlooked. Whether you’ve visited and didn’t know it or haven’t had the opportunity yet, add this to your vacation to Shoreline OBX!

For more information on the best things to do in the Outer Banks, make sure to request a copy of our free OBX Vacation Guide or our free mobile app that makes the vacation rental process easier. We look forward to booking your stay in one of our beautiful homes!

Bodie Island Lighthouse Facts & Everything Else You Need to Know

Before you go, consult the Bodie Island map, which provides an interactive tour of the area and highlights the main places to visit. We hope you enjoy your trip to this destination on the Outer Banks!

The Location

Bodie Island (correctly pronounced “BOW-die”) is a contiguous peninsula connected to the Nags Head area of the Outer Banks. Often overlooked by many visitors, this peninsula offers 72 miles of adventure for you and your family to explore. Stretching from the southern tip at the Oregon Inlet into Virginia Beach, VA, there are so many places to enjoy on your trip. Take a walk on the incredible beaches, utilize the 4WD beach access ramp, and stop by the Bodie Island Visitors Center. 

The History of This Place & the Light

After two failed attempts, the shining light we see today became operational, which is the year the Bodie Island Lighthouse was built October 1, 1872. Throughout the 20th century, the historic place saw many changes. These included renovations to the original structure and the former owner’s duplex, as well as becoming operated by the National Park Service. You may also find the official Visitor Center for Cape Hatteras National Seashore here, too!

Now over 140 years old, the stretch known as Bodie Island offers many places of interest including two lighthouses – the Bodie Island Light and Currituck Lighthouse – the Wright Brothers Memorial, and Jockey’s Ridge. To explore this area to the fullest, we recommend packing a bag with refreshments, the useful map (link above), and your camera to capture the natural allure of this place!

When to Visit

While Bodie Island is officially open year round, visiting hours do apply to the light. Moreover, the Bodie Island Lighthouse hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. When you arrive, admire the iconic black-and-white stripe design of the exterior and the wonderful views of the Roanoke Sound.

Unwind in A Shoreline OBX Home

After your extraordinary Bodie Island adventures, head back to one of our fantastic vacation rentals to complete your Outer Banks vacation. We offer a selection of over 1,500 properties in various towns across the area. Each offers its unique character with miles of beautiful sandy beaches, rich history, plentiful shopping, wonderful dining, and other activities for the whole family. Whether you are searching for pet-friendly rentals or oceanfront properties, we have the perfect vacation home for you. We can’t wait to host you and your family this year!