Travelers from near and far frequently find their way to the stunning vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina-particularly when they’re craving a space that’s as scenic and laid-back as it is welcoming. Well-known destinations such as Corolla, Nags Head, Duck, and Southern Shores tend to top the list of places that visitors are longing to explore, but the sheer variety of options that rest in between these places makes the Outer Banks a place that can be continually explored year after year. When you’re looking for a unique twist to add to your itinerary, be sure to set aside some time to enjoy the beauty, history, and overall appeal of Bodie Island during your next Outer Banks visit.
Where Nature and Maritime History Collide
Don’t let the name fool you. Bodie Island, NC isn’t technically an island at all, but more of an inlet that’s situated between NC Highway 12 and the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. The route leading to Bodie Island is lush with maritime forests and marshlands where you’re likely to spot some incredible wildlife and bird spotters will enjoy keeping their eyes peeled for a collection of local and migratory species that call this area home. In fact, it’s estimated that around 400 different species of birds can be found within the Bodie Island land and skyscape. Many of these winged creatures can be enjoyed from vantage points along boardwalks that maze through the sound side of the area. Stretches of pristine beaches make up a vast majority of the Bodie Island area as well, making this a fantastic locale for those that are looking to put their photography skills to the test. Another must-do when visiting Bodie Island is a stop by the Visitor Center. Here, guests can pick up pamphlets and information on the surrounding landscape as well as ask questions of on-site staff. The Visitor Center is a great starting point for those looking forward to lacing up and hitting the pathway as it leads to a variety of nature trails worth exploring.
The Iconic Lighthouse at Bodie Island
One of the highlights of any trip to Bodie Island is a visit to the infamous Bodie Island Lighthouse. Complete with its easy to recognize black and white exterior, the Bodie Island Lighthouse has roots dating back to 1872 and stands 156 feet tall. It’s a great place to take a picture with family and friends and offers up engaging insight into the area’s rich maritime history.
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From Bodie Island, NC and beyond, a trip to the Outer Banks is sure to inspire and the team at Shoreline OBX has the vacation rental to match. Reach out to our team today to learn more and to begin planning your adventure!
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