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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  • Bodie Island Lighthouse is a place I have been twice so far, and both times I have enjoyed it. The lighthouse and scenery are beautiful, and the board walk lets you see out into a marsh, with great visibility. The walk is safe and sturdy, and very straightforward. When I went I did not go into the lighthouse, but I'm sure that the view is spectacular.
  • 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.
  • It's a nice little place to stop by. It has your typical gift shop, which is nothing special. You can take tours of the actual lighthouse and go to the top. A nice little place to stop by if you are passing and have the time. Other than that, it is nothing extraordinary.
  • 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
  • This place is nice. However I don't like what they did to the house they turned it into a gift shop instead of keeping it the way it was. There's a ramp to the side of the lighthouse.
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