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Cockspur lighthouse, Tybee Island

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The Cockspur Island Light is the smallest lighthouse in Georgia located in Chatham County, Georgia. It ceased operation as an active beacon in 1909. It has been relit since 2007 for historical rather than navigational purposes.
The lighthouse is situated on an islet off Cockspur Island at the south channel of the Savannah River near Lazaretto Creek, northwest of Tybee Island, Georgia. It is part of Fort Pulaski National Monument and can be reached from that site. The island is subject to tidal flooding and as a result transportation to the lighthouse is most often by small boat, but can be accessed by crossing a small body of water from Cockspur Island. This is approximately 4 to 5 feet (1.5 m) deep at low tide and does have a current, so crossing on foot or by swimming is not advisable.
The lighthouse is built on an oyster and mussel bed. This lighthouse is unique in that the base is shaped like the prow of a ship to reduce the impact of the waves on the structure. The lighthouse is open to the public although no official tours or accommodations are made. However, visitors to the area frequently access the beacon by kayak, often taking a commercial tour. The National Park Service cut a trail to the lighthouse through the brush in 2005 to allow visitors a closer vantage point. The trail begins on the northeast side of the fort and is about 0.8 mile (1.3 km) long. At low tide, hikers can get within approximately 200 yards (180 m) of the lighthouse.
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  • I had waited so long to see this lighthouse. Previous vacation attempts were foiled. The lighthouse is currently being restored, so there was scaffolding around it. It is worth the .75 mile hike...  more »
  • Cockspur Light is in the water and one has to take a boat ride to get there. Time did not allow this. Did get some great pictures from the road going into a harbor.  more »
  • Beautiful tiny important piece of history that I hope will be preserved and restored sooner rather than later. From afar during low tide this lighthouse looks like it's sitting on a pile of rocks. During high tide it looks like it's sitting on top of the river. Nonetheless it's a ghost reminding us what life used to be life. Really enjoyed getting close to it and learning it's history.
  • A wonderful old lighthouse chock-full of history since its building sitting in the middle of the water. At low tide it is still hard to access. To really access this lighthouse you would need a boat or kayak. You cannot climb to the top of the lighthouse. Terrific photographic (zoom lens needed) opportunities abound throughout this entire area including the fort used during the Civil War. This is definitely a must visit. Highly recommend!

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