Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum, Bald Head Island

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#17 of 29 in Historic Sites in North Carolina Coast
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  • The bald head light house is a standard light house attraction. You can climb all the way to the top which is cool! It only takes about 30 minutes to tour it. It's easily accessible near the marina. Y...  more »
  • Even though it is undergoing renovation, it is a great spot to stop - enjoy the mossy oaks out front and read its history. Museum is interesting and would loved to have walked to the top!  more »
  • Access to Old Baldy was greatly limited due to its ongoing renovations. Definitely call ahead to check on access.  more »
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  • Iconic 200 year old lighthouse on Bald Head Island. My family, friends, and I have enjoyed visiting and climbing to the top of Old Baldy for over 30 years. Spectacular views of the island, ocean, Cape Fear River, and the salt marshes.
  • This is a unique and Old Lighthouse available to climb. Access by means of a ferry only. We did the local tour which helped us understand the origins of the island as well as the lighthouse
  • Awesome light house. Lots of history on this island. Be prepared to sweat your behind off climbing the stairs to the top though!!! HOT HOT HOT.
  • I give this a two star rating because the stupidly expensive 50 dollar ferry ride to get too the island. Only find out that half of the lighthouse has been shut off due to maintenance, which is understandable. What I don't understand is how they think it's okay to charge someone full price only to go up too the four floor. What a waste of time and money. Considering the lighthouse is the only thing on the island that is worth going to.
  • Old Baldy lighthouse is a great activity for the whole family and can be made into a day trip. There are bike rentals super close and you can ride on the wooden bridge to the lighthouse which is a beautiful view of the marina and of the lighthouse! The steps to the lighthouse are a bit steep and there are over 100 so make sure you have your tennis shoes on! The view from the lighthouse is so worth the steps and you can see almost the whole island, but the top of the lighthouse is very small so try to go earlier if you can.