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“A must do when visiting Bald Head.”

Bald Head Island Lighthouse
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding area. Tickets available in the Keeper's Cottage, home to the Smith Island Museum of History and lighthouse gift shop.
High Point, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A must do when visiting Bald Head.”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

The unique strcture and settign that is the Bald Head Lighthouse is worth the time and effort to visit and climb to the top. Friendly volunteers help you with information and admission before you visit a small museum. From there you can climb to the top for a nominal fee.

Visited June 2012
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Youngsville, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Didn't go in but in a great location”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

We didn't go inside the lighthouse - off season, but thoroughly enjoyed a Valentine's Day quick vacation on the island.

Visited February 2012
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A must climb!”
Reviewed May 11, 2012

What an easy climb with amazing views of the island!

Visited May 2012
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Conover, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fun Visit”
Reviewed April 30, 2012

If you are visiting Bald Head Island, you have to stop by the lighthouse. It's not too hard of a climb and offers a great view of the island. Lots of history there.

Visited May 2011
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Mansfield, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Still Lights Me Up!”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is a memorable place to go...either for a day or an extended visit. You can't enjoy the lighthouse without getting the privilege of enjoying the complete Bald Head Island experience. The curator at the lighthouse gift shop is a local resident and very wonderful to visit with. The gift shop is a replica of one of the lightkeepers homes. 2 rooms contain artifacts of a time past...when living in an area wasn't a vacation...it was an arm of safety to the many sea-faring vessels that came within 20 miles of there. The lighthouse "skin" is stunning...made so by a variety of coatings from different materials over brick. The 108 stairs are solid, but do get narrower as you reach the apex...with a small ladder through a narrow opening. But do go up and through the hole...the view is 360 degrees of beauty! You see it in part as you bike or cart your way around the island, but you see it in its complete grandeur through the lighthouse windows. The ocean, the bay, the salt marshes, the flora and fauna, the ever-changing skies. The room you are in is small, but you hardly recognize it because you feel out amongst it! It truly is a memorable place!

Visited April 2012
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