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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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Ocracoke Lighthouse reviews
Can't climb or tour grounds while we were there but still interesting. Busy when we were there had to park in another parking lot
Can't climb or tour grounds while we were there but still interesting. Busy when we were there had to park in another parking lot more »
Don’t park in front of the gate. There are a few parking spots to walk the short walkway to the lighthouse. Right next to the actual walkway is a private gate with a keypad. Decorated for Christmas...
Don’t park in front of the gate. There are a few parking spots to walk the short walkway to the lighthouse. Right next to the actual walkway is a private gate with a keypad. Decorated for Christmas... more »
Absolutely worth seeing, and worth the investment in time it takes to see it. The ferry ride is free and takes an hour. I would next time get a reservation so you can make your travels connections better. The light house is beautiful, you are allowed to enter the bottom floor but climbing the light house isn't permitted when we were there. Plenty of parking close to the light.
A great educational experience where you learn about the life of a lighthouse keeper as well as the history of the Ocracoke Lighthouse. We found the ranger on duty to be very friendly, informative, and helpful. You can enter the base of the lighthouse and wander the property, but you cannot climb the stairs to the top.
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