Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

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Bodie Island Lighthouse, which looks out over the Graveyard of the Atlantic, offers ranger-guided tours that talk about the history of the lighthouse and its environment. Originally built in 1847, the lighthouse was rebuilt twice in 25 years. The first rebuild addressed foundation issues. The second came after the Civil War when Confederate forces, fearing the structure would be used as an observation point, blew up the lighthouse in 1861. The structure currently at the location was built in 1872. It's a tough climb--with over 200 steps up 50 m (165 ft) in a narrow stairway. Schedule your tour in advance if possible; the attraction allows a limited number of advance bookings and a limited number of on-site bookings each day. Bodie Island Lighthouse is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Nags Head Edition.
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  • Beautiful lighthouse with the light keepers residence nearby. Nice boardwalk to the southeast provides lovely views of the lighthouse and marsh lands. Small gift shop and restrooms on the grounds. Can...  more »
  • We did not walk to the top. Small bookstore. Plenty of parking. Nice walk on the boardwalk. This lighthouse is near Nags Head. Always open.  more »
  • Hatteras Lighthouse has the black and white swirls. Bodie Island Lighthouse has straight horizontal bands of black and white. When you look at Bodie Lighthouse, you get the feeling that a giant ploppe...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful historic lighthouse located on Bodie Island. Unfortunately it is unaccessible to the overwhelming majority of tourists traveling through the Outer Banks. Leave it up to the federal government to screw up the concept of walking up and down stairs. Unlike other lighthouses in the United States this one requires a tour guide to show you how to walk up and down stairs. Typical non-peak wait times are two to three hours to walk to the top of the lighthouse. I have been here more than half a dozen times but have never been allowed to climb the lighthouse unless I felt like sitting in the parking lot for two or three hours just to walk up a flight of stairs. Again if this was privately owned or state maintained you would pay your 10 dollar fee and walk to the top and come back down. Unfortunately the utter and complete incompetence of the federal government has made this lighthouse almost completely inaccessible. The gift shop is meager and disappointing as well. I would personally recommend anyone interested in touring a lighthouse skip this one and instead head north on route 12 to Currituck Lighthouse.
  • Great historical light house and surrounding park. We waited maybe 15 minutes to go up. Only 8 people allowed at once. On the little boardwalk we saw birds, snakes in the water, and blue crabs. Fun times
  • Great Staff, Friendly and helpful. I highly recommend going again. Climbing was fun. I reccomend this historical place.
  • Perfect to stop, relax, walk & enjoy the view for a moment! Just natural scenery at it's Outer Banks finest. Unless you buy something in lil gift house or pay to go up to the top its free! Enjoy yhe boardwalk out to the edge of the sound or walk thru the Pines with a great view of the fresh painted lighthouse! This is our local lighthouse so we see the beacon all the time at night fishing. Awesome.
  • Great experience and walk through history. *Make sure and note times, as well as weight and height restrictions.

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