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Ocracoke Lighthouse

Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Description: The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina.
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Waynesboro, Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Yes, it is not 198 ft tall like Hatteras, it is a bit off the beaten path and the parking lot is smaller than a modern closet, but there is a special quaint aspect to this 1823 light. It is very well maintained, brilliantly white on a summer day, the information is fun to read and the walkway is flat... More

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Near Pittsburgh
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I wish there were more parking available for the light, and I really wish is were available for climbing. But I got some truly awesome photos this year!

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Hockessin, Delaware
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The white walls of Ocracoke Lighthouse, the picket fence, restored keepers house, easy access off Route 12. This is a must see during your visit to Ocracoke

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Chase City, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Way back, when Ocracoke was much smaller, the residents gathered in the lighthouse for protection from hurricanes severe storms and flooding.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I'm a lighthouse enthusiast, and I'll admit that I made the six hour journey from my home to the island primarily to see the lighthouse. I'll also admit that after it was over, I wondered was I crazy for spending as much effort as I did to get to it, because it is a bit underwhelming. (Ultimately, I decided I... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We walked all over trying to follow a map we were given. Turns out you have to drive down a side street that isn't well marked, and "the person who isn't driving needs to look over their right shoulder or you'll miss it". (What kind of directions are these?!) We ended up skipping it because it was inconvenient. There are... More

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Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Compared to other lighthouse we visited in OBX, I was a bit disapointed with this one. You can stop by, but nothing more.

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Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

You'll find a lot of pretty pictures to take here, but you cannot climb this light house. The parking lot is very small and holds about 4 cars (15 minute limit parking) and is usually packed during the day, so you may have to circle back a few times until you see someone pulling out, especially if the golf carts... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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160 reviews 160 reviews
47 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is worth 10-15 minutes of your time, for sure. You can't climb this lighthouse, but it's still a sight worth seeing on the island. I recommend trying to incorporate it into your trip.

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Jeannette, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Although you can't go inside, this is a very well-kept lighthouse and worth stopping to visit while on the island. Very few parking spaces available.

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