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Bodie Island Lighthouse

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An interesting and still important lighthouse that can be visited but not climbed. (NOTE: The lighthouse is currently under construction, and is expected to re-open in summer 2013, with the ability to be climbed for the first time)
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8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, Nags Head, NC 27959
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All reviews light house the outer banks cape hatteras marsh area nice boardwalk park ranger gift shop wooden walkway observation deck nice stop worth the climb worth a stop walk up great pictures take pictures off season plenty of parking
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tours leave every 20 minutes, and you get a nice view from the top. You have to wait for each person ahead of you to reach the next flight before you follow, so you can take your time with the climb up.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank CharityL007
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bodie Island Lighthouse is one that has not been open for climbers for too long (only six years). As someone who goes to different destinations each year, it has been a while since I have been to the outer banks and I was pleasantly surprised...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Jared H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No trip to Nags Head is complete till you see this lighthouse. Bodie Island Light Station is gorgeous. The lighthouse, the buildings, the grounds and the walkways are very well maintained. You can opt to climb the lighthouse for a fee.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank rowe37690
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here and absolutely loved the lighthouse! Definitely worth stopping. There’s also a wooden path that leads to an overlook of the marsh. We kinda chuckled at the sign about staying on the path because of poisonous snakes, but on our way back, a...More

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank lpdutil
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was very windy but the view from the top was gorgeous. You may have to wait 20-50 minutes for the next tour. They will close the climb if there is a storm coming or winds greater than 40 mph so plan accordingly.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 865JenniferS
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can see this lighthouse from a distance as there aren't many trees around it. This allows you to take photos of it from many different angles. We have visited this lighthouse before but this is the first time we climbed it. It was well...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank MDMomTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Need to give the NPS 10 star rating...this historic lighthouse is picture perfect..the grounds well manicured and the Rangers were a delight...Great place to take the kids!!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Curt W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived later in the day and viewed the Lighthouse and grounds. Beautiful location and easy to get to from the main road. Recommend taking the moment to visit and take a walk on the beach!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we did not climb the stairs at the lighthouse (since our dog was with us) it is a beautiful, historical lighthouse. There are also views from the boardwalk and observation deck. Osprey were frolicking in the water and it was a beautiful day just...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Theresa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My late grandmother always loved the OBX lighthouses, and it felt so nice to go see one of her favorites up close. The lighthouse is beautiful, and the grounds are well kept. The park staff is so incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed chatting...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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March 25, 2019|
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Response from Dreamersdoit1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the grounds are open even if building closed when I was there.
February 24, 2019|
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Response from L B | Reviewed this property |
Bodie lighthouse is beautiful. Just taking pictures I could be there all day. There are nice areas to walk. A very nice gift shop. Also depends on if you tour the lighthouse. I would say at least an hour.
December 23, 2017|
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Response from leob276 | Reviewed this property |
You would have to contact the National Park service for permission ect