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 along Route 12 on the north side oh Hatteras, close to Nags Head. Great for a quick photo opp on the way to or from Nags Head. There is also a short little boardwalk trail out to ...  more »
  • Although more than 140 years old, the tall, slender sentinel on Bodie Island has never looked better! The lighthouse’s recent multi-year, multi-million-dollar facelift was worth every penny. Not only ...  more »
  • has a nice gift shop and you can get admission to walk up it but get there early! It's alight house you have to see if you are in the OBX.  more »
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  • Stopping by the Bodie Island light house is a must do on every trip we take to the Outer Banks. The setting is peaceful, serene and quiet. During the beach season, it is bustling with people, but it is quieter during the off season. Even with a ton of people around, it is pleasant to be surrounded by the marshes and birds. Birds of every kind flock to this area, so you are likely to site quite a variety. For your viewing pleasure, their is an elevated look out tower. In the summer, in addition to the birds, you can see crabs and fish swimming in the marshes below.
  • Excellent place to stop. We went in the shop and even met a nice fella... Fred was his name I think working with the Parks service ? Showed my husband and I some shells and sea glass. Really nice guy. If his names is not Fred... correct me, he has 5 boys he said. We couldn't climb the light house, it's seasonal and we just missed it. But the look out point was nice
  • Just a note for everyone else visiting here, according to the park staff, the lighthouse here is pronounced "Body". According to the locals they pronounce it the same I have always thought it to be pronounced but I recommend going by what the Park Rangers say, they get paid to their homework on the history of the landmarks anyways. Great place to burn up an hour or so. Be very cautious of the traffic as they are reconstruct into the bridges in the area. The park is very cozy and lovely to visit, expect to pay a small fee to climb the steps here as well as a limit on the people climbing each flight at a time. This lighthouse wasn't ever intended to handle foot traffic of tourists. But trust me, the fee and the wait times are well worth the views from the top of the lighthouse! There are restrooms, a gift shop and a walking path available here as well.
  • This is my favorite NC lighthouse. The view is amazing because you can see the marsh and the ocean. The overlook on the marsh (wooden building/hut off to the left of the lighthouse) is very nice to sit and enjoy the view and the coastal breeze. Parking is free and plentiful. Overall, a very easy to get to destination. The inside is much nicer than Hattaras. However, if you prefer the ocean view, Hattaras is your best bet. Bodie (pronounced body) is less crowded and an overall a laid back stop. Definitely worth a stop if in the area.
  • Beautiful lighthouse—definitely a check off of my bucket list. Worth stopping in & checking out. Unfortunately we were there during the off-season, but still magnificent from the outside.
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