Ocracoke Lighthouse, Ocracoke

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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 tour planner , to make sure you see all that Ocracoke has to offer, including Ocracoke Lighthouse.
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  • September 27, 2017
    They need to inform people when they're going to open it up so we can plan our trips around it. I bet it's beautiful in there! The grounds are amazing! I heard someone rents the house. Wouldn't that b...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    Disappointing because you cannot get inside and climb, however you can get closer to it and there are some descriptive signs that were not there the last time we came. You do have to ride a ferry to g...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    The lighthouse was an easy walk from our house rental near the marsh and sound side. The lighthouse is closed up and you can't get inside, but it is quiet and peaceful there. The light still shines an...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    This is a great historic site. Certain time they open the door so you can look up. They do not allow climbing and the parking is limited but still a great site to visit.
  • July 10, 2017
    The second oldest lighthouse in this nation is a great place to visit. People are not allowed to climb it and parking spots are very limited.
  • May 9, 2017
    A gorgeous, historic lighthouse on a charming island. It's well worth a trip down (or up) the coast, just to take in the enchanting island community. Note- Unlike the other OBX lighthouses, you cannot walk to the top of Ocracoke.
  • June 23, 2017
    A beautiful lighthouse. We were unable to go inside or tour it when we were there but it had a lot of character as well as history.
  • July 4, 2017
    Short stubby light house. There are others that are better looking and have better views than this one.

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