The Outer Banks is home to some of the most wonderful lighthouses in the United States. There are several that are among some of the most iconic and historic lighthouse in the country. Used to help guide ships through the treacherous and at times dangerous waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina, these lighthouses were the beacons that help guide ships to shore. Here are five lighthouses in OBX you must visit!
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
One of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is located on Hatteras Island in the town of Buxton. The lighthouse is iconic for its black-and-white stripes and stands 208 feet tall. The beam of light from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse travels 20 miles into the ocean and was used to help ships navigate the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. Despite being a popular attraction, there is plenty of room for visitors to come see the lighthouse and climb the steps of this historic landmark. Lit for the first time in 1870, the lighthouse was the biggest brick structure to ever be moved in history as it had to be relocated due to beach erosion in 1999. The lighthouse is open seasonally from Easter to Thanksgiving and is serviced by the National Parks Department.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Located in Corolla, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse still functions as an active lighthouse. The light can be seen for 18 nautical miles and rotates every 20 seconds. Known for its red brick exterior, the lighthouse was never painted so it would stand out and visitors could marvel at the brick construction. Restoration has taken place over the last couple of decades, since the lighthouse was built in the 1870’s. The grounds are open year-round, while the lighthouse is open seasonally.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Located just south of Nags Head and Whale Bone Junction, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is a great attraction to stop at while in the Outer Banks. Built in the 1870’s, the Bodie Island Lighthouse has been under the care of the National Parks Service since 1953 and has been remodeled several times to ensure visitors can enjoy it. Visitors are able to visit the interior and the grounds while the area is great for bird watching and nature lovers.
Ocracoke Island Lighthouse
The oldest North Carolina lighthouse in operation and the second oldest in the United States, the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse is the smallest lighthouse in the Outer Banks but serves an important role. The lighthouse is a popular destination and is a landmark in the Ocracoke Village area. Enjoy a walking or biking tour around the lighthouse as it is not open for visitors to go inside and there is no visitor information. Still, it’s well worth the visit.
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Located in downtown Manteo, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is located 40 yards into the Roanoke Sound and has a classic look that visitors can enjoy while walking around the boardwalk. The lighthouse is only 10 years old but is recreated after several lighthouses that preceded it.
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