Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Bodie Island Lighthouse
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Key Info

8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $5 for kids 11 and younger
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily


Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

This thrice-built, black-and-white lighthouse sits south of Nags Head on Bodie Island. The first incarnation fell due to poor construction, the second was destroyed during the Civil War and the latest version received a facelift that was completed in 2013. It still functions as a working lighthouse today and can be seen as far as 19 miles from shore. Past visitors said the recent renovation makes this lighthouse one of the best in the area and recommended a stop by the lower level's small museum and gift shop. They were also pleased with the historical information provided by the rangers.

You can tour this 156-foot-tall lighthouse for a small fee ($10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 11 and younger) daily from the third Friday of April through Columbus Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and only eight people can climb to the top of the lighthouse at a time. If you're planning to make the climb, wear the appropriate footwear: You'll have to traverse 200 steps (the equivalent of a 10-story building) with only one handrail to guide you.

You'll find the lighthouse at Whalebone Junction (the intersection of U.S. Highway 158, U.S. Highway 64 and NC Highway 12) in Nags Head. More information can be found on the National Park Service's website.

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