Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head

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Bodie Island Lighthouse, which looks out over the Graveyard of the Atlantic, offers ranger-guided tours that talk about the history of the lighthouse and its environment. Originally built in 1847, the lighthouse was rebuilt twice in 25 years. The first rebuild addressed foundation issues. The second came after the Civil War when Confederate forces, fearing the structure would be used as an observation point, blew up the lighthouse in 1861. The structure currently at the location was built in 1872. It's a tough climb--with over 200 steps up 50 m (165 ft) in a narrow stairway. Schedule your tour in advance if possible; the attraction allows a limited number of advance bookings and a limited number of on-site bookings each day. Bodie Island Lighthouse is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • Beautiful nature with a walking path, pretty light house with a great history, and friendly staff answering all questions 
    Beautiful nature with a walking path, pretty light house with a great history, and friendly staff answering all questions  more »
  • It was great to finally go to the top of my favorite NC lighthouse. Very interesting history and a great place to be able to walk around and look at nature. Loved my second visit just as much as I... 
    It was great to finally go to the top of my favorite NC lighthouse. Very interesting history and a great place to be able to walk around and look at nature. Loved my second visit just as much as I...  more »
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  • What a wonderful lighthouse to visit. This makes only the second time in my life to come here, but they've improved it since I last came here in the early 2000's. Gift shop prices were a little high but given that most of the proceeds go to maintaining the lighthouse and the grounds makes it worth it. The dock that leads out into the marsh makes for a great view too. While the lighthouse itself was closed for our visit, I was not disappointed. I would like to come visit again someday.
  • Beautifully maintained lighthouse and grounds. The lighthouse looked as if it had been freshly painted. Currently, you can't go in and climb to the top but there was a sign that stated they plan to open it back up the end of April 2022. There is a nice walkway that goes around the side of the lighthouse, through a beautiful marsh to a lookout deck that overlooks the inlet over towards the beach. It is beautiful. There is a public building with restrooms and a nice little gift shop. Don't forget to take your National Parks Passport booklet so you can get your Bodie Island Lighthouse stamp. If you don't have a passport book, you can purchase one in the gift shop and start collecting your National Parks stamps!

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