Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

4.5
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.
Create an itinerary including Bodie Island Lighthouse
map
Bodie Island Lighthouse Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,672 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • I have been to this lighthouse twice. It is a part of the nautical history of the N.C. coast. You can climb to the top & enjoy a great view on a clear day. The cost to enter is nominal & there is free...  more »
  • Pretty lighthouse that is easy to get to and has a nice gift shop in the light keeper's house. There is also a boardwalk past the lighthouse and to the wetlands where you can watch birds and other wil...  more »
  • Perfect place for photos. The grounds was very nice and well kept. If your in the area check this place out.  more »
Google
  • 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.

Plan your trip to Nags Head

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Nags Head

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Nags Head by other users

5 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Nags Head BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM TAIWAN April, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Nags Head BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans