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Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web
Ocracoke Lighthouse, standing 23 m (75 ft) tall, presides over the 1585 wreck of the Tyger. The lighthouse, built in 1823, is one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the United States. The Fresnel lens that adorns the top was once dismantled by Confederate troops during the Civil War, but it was reinstated by Union forces in 1864. The original oil-burning light was replaced by an electric light in the early 1900s. The current electric light, which shines 22.5 km (14 mi) out to sea, is now fully automated. Visitors may not climb the tower. Before you head to Ocracoke, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ocracoke family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Ocracoke has to offer, including Ocracoke Lighthouse.
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  • No matter which of the Outer Banks Lighthouse one visits, one always feels the history oozing from the structure. And Ocracoke is no exception. It's certainly not the big draw of Hatteras of Cape Look...  read more »
  • Have visited here many time but it has been 20 years since last visit, like meeting an old friend. Not the tallest or most striking but mice all the same. 
  • If you're on Ocracoke, must stop here. Located in residential neighborhood, and we passed it up the first time! Can't go in, very limited parking. Cool to see! 
  • I am giving this 5 stars simply because you were able to walk up to it. So many of them you can't. Not a large lighthouse, still beautiful and very well maintained.
  • Very easy access to the lighthouse from the using area. I did not travel up the lighthouse if that was even an option here. Well maintained ground. Nice walkway.
  • Love this lighthouse. Took our children there for the first time. The whole experience of riding a ferry and visiting an island is just wonderful.
  • I enjoyed visiting this lighthouse with my family and friends. The lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, and during the winter (off season) is only open certain times. Be sure to check the website to find out when it is open if you are planning on climbing the lighthouse. It is easily accessed from the road with just a short walk that is well laid out. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in NC, and one of the oldest in the United States. A great day trip for a picnic.
  • This was a quaint little lighthouse. We weren't able to climb it but it was a cute one to see!
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