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We saw it coming in on the ferry and then wandered around to look at it. This is just a few minutes... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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Lighting the way since 1823.

The original Ocracoke Lighthouse was built in 1795; the Ocracoke Lighthouse we see today located at... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Vero Beach, Florida
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The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina.
Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke, NC
+1 252-928-2669
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All reviews light house limited parking private residence walk up the outer banks worth the trip ferry ride piece of history nice stop quick stop the east coast few minutes golf cart coast guard oldest island cat
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walkway up to the lighthouse is accessible day and evening. Well kept example of early lighthouse. The interior is closed to the public as is the light keepers house. A must see on the island.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Strowd1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had to use my GPS to find this place. It is off the main road, the only road, as you enter the town from the ferry. The road winds through the town past many quaint homes. There are many B&B locations. The lighthouse was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

It was nice to see but you couldn’t go inside. This was out of season so not sure if you can go in. Can’t say very much more because we couldn’t do much

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank shutter-up
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

Not much to see other than the lighthouse and plaque explaining that it is still used today and its walls are 5 ft thick at the bottom and the house is a private residence. You can't go up it as it's still used today. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Valerie D
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

The Ocracoke Lighthouse reminds me of serenity. It is small and quaint with a white picket fence. So peaceful looking! It is located next to the historic lightkeeper's house which is now a private residence. The lighthouse is the oldest active light in NC. My...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

The story of this monument is amazing. How did they manage to move it some hundred yards away from it's original place

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Everybody we saw wanted their picture taken in front of the lighthouse. Be sure and rent a golf cart to tour the island because of narrow streets and limited parking.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peggy W
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

We saw it coming in on the ferry and then wandered around to look at it. This is just a few minutes to check out as the inside is not open. Italy’s for great pictures especially when they sky in the background is interesting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hjpoole
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Quite interesting to see one of the earliest lighthouses on the east coast. It makes for a nice bike excursion.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank cbswaim
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

The original Ocracoke Lighthouse was built in 1795; the Ocracoke Lighthouse we see today located at 360 Lighthouse Road, Ocracoke Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960, 252-473-2111, was built in 1823. The lighthouse has full interior access during the Summer months which means access to the interior...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
Lexington, Kentucky
Back from the Outer Banks---My Review (2 Replies)
Well we have made it home!! I thought I would share my experience in the Outer Banks with everybody! Day 1 Drove through Kitty Hawk and arrived in Kill Devil Hills. We stopped by the Visitor's center to pick up some brochures/coupons for some area attractions. Stopped by the Wright Brother's Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. We checked out the museum and then headed up the giant dune to see the monument, shew what a walk it was! Afterwards we drove down to Manteo to eat at Big Al's...More
October 05, 2007|
Response fromexplorer3|
Thanks for the great info. Too bad about Big Al's Soda Fountain. We enjoyed our meals there....kind of homey and small towny...not glitz and glamor and yet the 50s style is intrtiquing. Here's their menu. Sure they got the prices right? I figured about $13 for fries, burger and hotdog. We've even gotten their meatload and blue plate specials, etc. Glad you enjoyed the rest. Do go back. Wonderful place.