Nags Head, NC

Historic lighthouse in Cape Hatteras open for climbing

JM McBride

A historic lighthouse will be open for climbing on April 26, 2023.

“The Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open for climbing this year beginning Wednesday, April 26. Standing nearly 165 feet tall, the Bodie Island Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the third lighthouse to serve this area,” according to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, in a press release.

The lighthouse is located at 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, Nags Head, North Carolina 27959.

“Climbing tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. and may only be purchased on the same day of your intended climb. Tickets are only available for purchase” here.

The press release says: “Pro tip: Tickets sell out quickly, so create your account prior to the date you intend to purchase tickets. Learn more about climbing lighthouses at” here.

“A climbing season at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is unlikely, due to restoration efforts,” the site says.

"In 1837, the federal government sent Lieutenant Napoleon L. Coste of the revenue cutter Campbell to examine the coastline for potential lighthouse sites that would supplement the existing one at Cape Hatteras. Coste determined that southbound ships were in great need of a beacon on or near Bodie Island by which they could fix their position for navigating the dangerous cape. He punctuated his recommendation with the statement that "more vessels are lost there than on any other part of our coast," the National Park Service says on its website.
Lighthouse.Photo byJoshua HibbertonUnsplash

The website says, "Tucked away between tall pine trees and freshwater marshland, the Bodie Island Light presents anything but a typical lighthouse setting. Though not as well-known as its neighbors, it remains an important part of local history and a favorite spot for visitors. And still every evening, amidst the water towers and blinking radio antennae of modern development, its powerful light beams out across the darkening waves, keeping silent watch over the treacherous waters known as the 'Graveyard of the Atlantic.'

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