Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Harkers Island

#18 of 58 in Historic Sites in North Carolina Coast
Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a 163-foot-high lighthouse located on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. It flashes every 15 seconds and is visible at least 12 miles out to sea and up to 19 miles. It is one of the very few lighthouses that operate during the day. It became fully automated in 1950. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the only such structure in the United States to bear the checkered daymark, intended not only for differentiation between similar light towers, but also to show direction. The center of the black diamonds points in a north-south direction, while the center of the white diamonds points east-west.
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  • The lighthouse and surrounding area was awesome! We spent about an hour and a half on the island but you could easily be there for more or less time depending on what you want to see. Definitely...  more »
  • A must see if you are vacationing at OBX. Highly recommend spending the whole day. Plenty to do. Must check out the point!  more »
  • This was amazing! I love all the history displayed here. It's really well maintained and there are lots of placards with info and cool facts. There's an audio tour you can do by calling in and it'll have posts with numbers for prompts. It's definitely worth a stop. There's boardwalks for a lot of the pathways and beach access to the sound and the ocean. The have opened up the old keeper's quarters and turned it into a museum (free entry) with information about the lighthouse and some history of the barrier islands.
  • If you are a fan of need to take the ferry over to the island to check it out. Ferry Captain and first mate were awesome. You may swim on the sound side or ocean side also while you visit the island. Nice excursion.

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