The North Carolina Coast Sights

Bodie Island Lighthouse

  • 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd. Map It
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

Designer Dexter Stetson was also the brains behind the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which explains why the two look so much alike. Bodie, with its wide (22 feet tall) black-and-white horizontal stripes, stands 156 feet tall and is capped by a black cast-iron lantern. It's actually the third lighthouse to guard this area of the coast. The first, built in 1847, was simply abandoned because of its shoddy construction. A second, build in 1859, was blown up in 1861 by retreating Confederate soldiers because they feared it would be used as a Yankee observation tower. The current lighthouse was completed in 1872, and a renovation was completed in 2013. Guided lighthouse climbs take you up 200 narrow stairs while a ranger tells you all about the history of the building and it's lighthouse keepers; there are also evening full-moon climbs May through October.

Sight Information


8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd., Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, 27957, United States

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252-441–5711; 252-473–2111

Sight Details:

  • Free; guided lighthouse climbs $8
  • Daily 9–5; guided lighthouse climbs late Apr.–early Oct, 9–5.45; full-moon climbs May–Oct (call for details)

Published 07/23/2015


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