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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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Tybee Island holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cockspur lighthouse and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Saw this on a dolphin tour! Only accessible from the water but not sure if you can go in. It’s a cute lighthouse but I wouldn’t make a special trip just to see it 
    Saw this on a dolphin tour! Only accessible from the water but not sure if you can go in. It’s a cute lighthouse but I wouldn’t make a special trip just to see it  more »
  • This lighthouse is only accessible from the water. It is actually quite small and you have to get close to it to be able to see. It is interesting and I’m glad we were able to go byit in boat. So if.....  more
    This lighthouse is only accessible from the water. It is actually quite small and you have to get close to it to be able to see. It is interesting and I’m glad we were able to go byit in boat. So if.....  more »
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  • Are you kidding me?! This lighthouse is so beautiful!!! Driving over the bridge into Tybee and seeing this hauntingly charming lighthouse is just incredible. The island is closed off to the public but was able to find an access point and snapped a couple photos. Definitely check this out if you are in the area. It’s so beautiful!
  • Was cool to see up close during our dolphin excursion.

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