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Bald Head Island Lighthouse

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We climb this lighthouse almost every time we are in NC. When you get to the top there is amazing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gaming A
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First Lighthouse on our list...

This is the first lighthouse we visited on our quest to visit all the NC lighthouses. The climb... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding area...more
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101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We climb this lighthouse almost every time we are in NC. When you get to the top there is amazing view!!!

Thank Gaming A
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is the first lighthouse we visited on our quest to visit all the NC lighthouses. The climb isn't too bad, but on a hot day it can get stuffy. Be ready for the ladder and smallish opening to get to the top. Great view...More

1  Thank conklins
Reviewed August 15, 2018

The island historical tour with Travis was incredible! It was a complete tour of the island and it’s history, with many interesting facts. Travis was a great guide.

Thank Kathleen W
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Old Baldy was a fun and quick trip. $6 12 & up. $3 under. Easy parking. No lines. 108 steps. Steps are wood and well maintained. New-ish. The top is a ladder. Only 5-6 people can fit at top. You need to wait on landing...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

This lighthouse is really special !! The 108 steps aren’t too bad .. but be ready for the ladder and smallish opening to get to the top. The climb though, is well worth it! The view of Bald Head Island from top is terrific !!

Thank Jim G
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

1st stop after securing some rental bikes. $6/each to go up to top, worth it, but some people may not be able to fit in top stairway section. Great views.

Thank 2014BC
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

“Old Baldy” was what my three small grandchildren called the lighthouse every time we passed by on our golf cart. They are two and three years old. It was fun to see their excitement when they recognized the lighthouse. The climb up the lighthouse steps...More

1  Thank brittsh1
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The climb results in a great view of the surroundings. They recently enclosed the stairs to the top which kept us from previous climbing. This really improved the climb.

Thank Thomas A
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Loved climbing to the top. Can't get this view of Bald Head anywhere else. Totally worth it. Small space at the top, so you might have to take turns.

Thank Laurie K
Reviewed July 9, 2018

BHI Lighthouse is a fun family excursion. The main house has a nice history section and small gift shop. The climb to the top of the light house is fun for the family and the last ladder section to the top will raise the blood...More

1  Thank Jonathan B
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July 23, 2018|
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Response from mclaystewart | Reviewed this property |
We went during a similar week last year and they had a ton available for rent.
Marion W
September 1, 2017|
Response from Zeke T | Reviewed this property |
I believe they will be. You can go to the website & get the contact information. I do know they will be open on the 2nd & 3rd. based on the websites events calendar.
Hannah D
April 17, 2017|
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Response from Mark G | Reviewed this property |
I would assume they are open; just in case call before heading out.