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Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Off season, great views

My wife and I visited during the off season. The lighthouse was closed to visitors and as such we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Understaffed during Winter

I hated to give less than a 5 to a National Park property, but staffing is limited at Bodie Island... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 heat index nice boardwalk park ranger gift shop wooden walkway observation deck nice stop worth the climb worth a stop walk up take pictures off season great pictures
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
1  Thank still443
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always stop at the lighthouse when in the area. In fall and winter great place for migrating water birds. There is a board walk and view tower to look out over the water. It was a pretty clear blue day, so the view of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Richard R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there when the lighthouse was not open for climbing. We enjoyed viewing the structure and took the boardwalk out to view the marsh. We really enjoyed watching the birds and the crabs for a while.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Pam H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got to Bodie Island Lighthouse just as they were locking it down for the winter on October 8th. It was very frustrating that they shut down all the lighthouses this early so visitors are not able to go up in them. This lighthouse was built...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank James M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lighthouse is just stunning and you'll want to take photos from all angles! It was such a beautiful day in the Outer Banks when we were there. The history of the Bodie Lighthouse is really cool, too!

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank KellyStilwell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped just long enough for me to snap some pics on our way back to Buxton. I share my mom's love of lighthouses and am following in my parents' and grandparents' footsteps. I had recently had surgery for a broken ankle so we didn't...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FranP1616
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice quick leg stretcher on the way south. Not far off the scenic byways. We hit them just before opening on our way to ocracoke.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ValerieD682
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came after the lighthouse had been closed for the year. It is a beautiful location. The only thing that would make it better is more of a display outside of the lighthouse explaining about its history.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank madisons953
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lighthouse is beautiful ( my Favorite) the marsh walk is amazing!! We saw alot of different birds, even a bald eagle flew over our heads!! We saw fish and crab. It was a awesome stop on our obx journey!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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December 23, 2017|
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Response from Leo B | Reviewed this property |
You would have to contact the National Park service for permission ect
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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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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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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.
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
Columbia, South Carolina
Room for RV parking? (1 Replies)
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!