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Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke
(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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  • This is an easy find, the lighthouse is now operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. There is limited parking, but this is a must for those interested in lighthouses. 
  • I am a huge lover of lighthouses and this one is so unique and beautiful in it's own way. Definitely worth the time to go and see it!! 
  • Ocracoke was well worth the 2+ ferry ride from Swan Harbor and we plan on going back in the near future for an extended stay! The ferry ride over was early but smooth, beautiful, and had hot coffee wa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A fairly small lighthouse, but still impressive and you can walk directly up to it. Parking is limited and only for 15 minutes, but that's generally adequate for visiting the lighthouse.
  • This was a quaint little lighthouse. We weren't able to climb it but it was a cute one to see!
  • 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.