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Bodie Island Lighthouse

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wonderful Restoration

When on the Outer Banks make sure to visit at least one of our terrific lighthouses here. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Randall F
Great and historic

Nice to visit something I've always read about. Love to go again. Rangers are helpful and told us... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tony H
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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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 off season take pictures great pictures plenty of parking
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When on the Outer Banks make sure to visit at least one of our terrific lighthouses here. The restoration at Bodie Island is fantastic wheter you are a history buff or just want to see the view.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Randall F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice to visit something I've always read about. Love to go again. Rangers are helpful and told us many things i didnt know

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Tony H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Access to services limited due to government shutdown, but still able to view the beautiful lighthouse on the Outer Banks.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bodie Island Lighthouse has an impoundment area full of ducks and Tundra swan in January. Well worth the trip

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2019

Once I drove to the southern end of Nags Head, I found this location. As the gov't had been closed since December 2018, there were not many places open. The lighthouse was also closed but nice to visit the grounds.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dreamersdoit1
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Beautidul old light house to visit in the area. Has a dock that you can walk out on and take great pictures. Stay on the path though, there are snakes in the summer time. There is a small gift shop inside.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank rlg98
Reviewed January 6, 2019

Lovely lighthouse to visit! It was closed, as we visited on Dec 27th, but still worth seeing...taking pictures...walking around the property and out onto the boardwalk overlooking the natural area. We enjoyed a spontaneous game of frisbee with all of our adult children out on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ColoradoMAG
Reviewed January 1, 2019

Quick stop on our way south to the Cape. It is the off season and the lighthouse was closed but it is still worthy of a stop on your trip. Beautiful setting.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 5, 2018

My wife and I visited during the off season. The lighthouse was closed to visitors and as such we couldn't climb, but the museum was open as well as the visitor center. We also walked to the overlook and got some great views of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank jeremyrV1201VS
Reviewed December 2, 2018

I hated to give less than a 5 to a National Park property, but staffing is limited at Bodie Island Lighthouse during the off season. It's a beautiful property, but the lighthouse is not open because they have few Rangers available. The boardwalk out into...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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RonaldC2249
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
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Bianca S
July 27, 2017|
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Response from prep33grl | Reviewed this property |
I believe there is height restrictions. So No...
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March 21, 2017|
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Response from midwestscubagal | Reviewed this property |
Check with the National Parks Service. It is still worth seeing, and my husband and I were there when it wasn't open. The grounds are magnificent and there's a boardwalk that leads to a marsh with stunning views of the water... More
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kyblueskies
Eastern Kentucky Coalfields
Bodie Island Lighthouse (3 Replies)
Does anyone know when the repairs/renovations are expected to be complete? I want to make a trip to OBX after it's done.
October 21, 2012|
Response fromSburris65|
Repairs were supposed to be completed this month but I do not see anywhere that they are done. 252-473-2111 ext 148 is the number listed for upodates by the Public Affairs Office.
sabogg01
Lexington, Kentucky
Few last minute questions before this weekend! (4 Replies)
I cannot really find detailed directions or an address for the lighthouses. My question is if we are driving from Kill Devil Hills toweards Cape Hatteras, will we be able to see where to go to see Bodie Island Lighthouse and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. (IE are there signs and things like that to point it out) My other question is, we want to take the Hatteras Ferry to Ocracoke and once we get there we would like to see the Ocracoke Lighthouse and just wonder around the town for a few...More
September 26, 2007|
Response fromCarolinaCowboy|
It's no problem seeing bodie lighthouse from the road. Also Hatteras lighthouse. I'm sure you know Hatteras was moved back from it's original site. Both are easy to find. Remember, the outter banks are not very wide. The Ocracoke lighthouse is the smallest and the hardest to see. But still easy to find. When I left the ferry on the other side of the island going to Morehead City it was in plain site. Owens Resturant in Nags Head is a good choice but get there early... The Lone Cedar is on...More
MAURA M
Columbia, South Carolina
Room for RV parking? (1 Reply)
We would like to stop by the Bodie Island Lighthouse, Jockey’s Ridge, and the Wright Brothers memorial as we are leaving the OBX. Are these parking lots big enough to be able to get in and out with a 5 th wheel camper? Thanks in advance.
April 01, 2018|
Response fromJoy Z|
the parking lots at all three places you mention do have lots of room and you should not have a problem parking. fyi, the visitor center building at the Wright Memorial is closed for renovation. you can visit all the outdoor exhibits, and check the website for ranger talks. at Bodie Island, the rangers give talks on the back porch of the keepers house. you can go the the bottom of the lighthouse for free, there is a charge to climb. Have fun!