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Ocracoke Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC

The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina.

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Visited during day and night for good pictures.

You can't go inside but has a nice walkway to it. We set a bucket list goal to see all the lighthouses on East coast and this was our first. It doesn't take long to stop by this... read more

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

You can't go inside but has a nice walkway to it. We set a bucket list goal to see all the lighthouses on East coast and this was our first. It doesn't take long to stop by this attraction. Parking is very limited with only enough room for 5 or 6 cars and it is only 15 minute parking.

Thank KarenSB64
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love history and this is a nice quick hitter. Parking is limited, renting a golf cart makes getting in and out a lot easier. There are plaques that give some nice information about the lighthouse. You couldn't go inside but it was awesome to see one of the oldest functioning lighthouses up close.

Thank tyler f
Seven Springs, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Never seen the Ocracoke lighthouse before....very nice. Although not as famous as cape lookout or Hatteras, but still a great lighthouse

Thank Linn I
Gainesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Small lighthouse that is nice to look at. Nothing else you can do. Parking lot is only 4 spaces so get there early or you will be waiting.

Thank matjaz2002
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a cute lighthouse. Wasn't open to view when we were there. I don't know if I'd go to Ocracoke just for this, but it is a definite must see if you are in the area and enjoy lighthouses.

Thank kledfoodlove
Falls Church, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you go to Ocracoke, you have to go to the Lighthouse. Unfortunately, it is not open to climb up or to go inside. You can just walk up the wooden deck and say that you have been to the oldest, built in 1823, lighthouse still in use in NC. Parking is limited and the signs indicate 15 minutes maximum... More 

Thank RussellJW
Verona, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, the parking is very limited so expect to wait for a spot if you are driving. Once you get to the lighthouse, it is beautiful. During previous visits, there has been a member of the park service giving history lessons with the door to the lighthouse open. You are able to look around, but to allowed to climb. During... More 

Thank YetiFur
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Peaceful. Tranquil. Lovely. Our fourth trip in 20 years. Each time it gets better and better. Looking forward to coming again. You know it's great when the kids ask to come back again.

Thank Keith W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful lighthouse. We stayed down the road and walked by here several times. Beautiful at sunrise and sunset! A must see for Ocracoke visitors!

Thank 16pawzva
Clear Spring, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Made a visit to the light house while on vacation on the island. We had to wait in line to get a parking spot, that was issue number one. Only 4 maybe five spots to be had and if you have people who don't no how to park even less! But we waited, then finally got a spot, hiked to... More 

Thank Jason R

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