Beautiful Lighthouses in North Carolina
North Carolina is home to the tallest collection of lighthouses in the United States. Three of the Ten Tallest Lighthouses in the United States are located in the Tar Heel State and two more lighthouses just miss making the list. Overall there are not that many lighthouses in North Carolina but the ones located in the state are almost all tall picturesque and quite beautiful to see and all are open to the public. Most of the really tall lighthouses in North Carolina can even be climbed to the top for tourists and visitors willing to make the 200 plus step climbs for the magnificent views of the coast and Atlantic Ocean.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is not only the tallest lighthouse in North Carolina it is also the Tallest Lighthouse in the United States. Standing at 208 total feet Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built in 1870 using brick and moved to its present location in 2000 by the United States Army Corp of Engineers after erosion threatened the structure at its original location nearby. Located just off Lighthouse Road on Cape Hatteras the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is run today by the National Park Service and fully open to the public as visitors can climb the 268 steps to the top for some amazing views.
Oak Island Lighthouse
At 169 feet in height the Oak Island Lighthouse is the 5th Tallest Lighthouse in the United States today. It was built in 1958 and is located at 300 Caswell Beach Road on Oak Island which is located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River in southern North Carolina. The town of Caswell Beach owns the Oak Island Lighthouse and runs it as a tourist attraction but if visitors want to climb to the top they must arrange for it in advance. For more info call (910) 278-5471.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one of the 10 Tallest Lighthouses in the United States. At 163 feet it is tied for 9th place. Cape Lookout Lighthouse is located along the southern Outer Banks Islands on Harkers Island. Built in 1859 this beautiful lighthouse is painted in a diamond pattern so ships can distinguish it from other lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast. Run by the National Park Service the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open to the public.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla
Currituck Beach Lighthouse is 158 feet tall and located right along Highway 12 N in Corolla, North Carolina on the Outer Banks. It was built of brick in 1875 and is a unique looking lighthouse because it retains an unpainted brick finish today. This beautiful lighthouse is open to the public and visitors can climb the 214 steps to the observation deck for fabulous ocean and beach views. For more info call 252-453-8152.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse stands 156 feet tall along Bodie Island Lighthouse Road in Nags Head, North Carolina on the Outer Banks along the Roanoke Sound eastern shoreline. Bodie Island Light is constructed of brick, cast iron and stone and was built in 1871. Bodie Island Lighthouse is owned by the National Park Service and will be open to the public as soon as a restoration project is completed in 2010.
Bald Head Lighthouse on Smith Island
Bald Head Lighthouse is a 110 foot high octagonal brick lighthouse located on Smith Island which is also known as Bald Head Island on the east side of the Cape Fear River in southern North Carolina. Bald Head Lighthouse was built in 1817 and is affectionately known as "Old Baldy" and it was built to last with 5 foot thick walls. Old Baldy is open to the public today and there is an adjacent museum the Smith Island Museum of History where visitors can learn the fascinating history of the Bald Head Island Lighthouse. For more info call 910-457-7481.
Ocracoke Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island
Ocracoke Lighthouse stands 76 feet tall and is located along Lighthouse Road on Ocracoke Island along the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Ocracoke Lighthouse was built using brick with a mortar surface back in 1823 and it is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina today and second oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. Run by the National Park Service the base of the lighthouse is open to the public but visitors cannot climb to the top.
Roanoke River Lighthouse in Plymouth
Located at the Port O'Plymouth Roanoke River Museum at 302 West Water Street in Plymouth, North Carolina is a replica of the original Roanoke River Lighthouse. The original Roanoke River Light is a screw-pile lighthouse that was built in 1867 at the mouth of the Roanoke River and subsequently moved a few times. In the 1990's the Roanoke River Museum attempted to buy the original lighthouse from its owner but when they could not agree on a price the museum went ahead and built a replica which is fully open to the public today. for more info call 252-217-2204.
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in Manteo
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse was a screw-pile cottage lighthouse located at the southern entrance of Croatan Sound near the town of Wanchese, North Carolina. In 2004 the town of Manteo on the east side of Roanoke Island built a replica of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse which is located at 104 Fernando Street at the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island along the Manteo waterfront. Admission is free for more info call 252-475-1750.
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