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Ocracoke Lighthouse

Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC
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Ranked #7 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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Buffalo, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

You can visit this light house but not enter it. It apparently is not open for climbing? Well kept area, typical light house, second oldest in US.

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Wilds of New Jersey
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is pretty to see on the Ocracoke "skyline" but since you can't go in, it is not really worth a trip out there just to walk up to it. If you are riding your bikes around, it's something to head for, I guess, but don't expect too much.

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Waynesboro, Virginia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
40 helpful votes 40 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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