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“Old World Charm”

Ocracoke Lighthouse
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Ocracoke
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Owner description: The oldest lighthouse still in operation in North Carolina.
Reviewed November 19, 2011

I love this lighthouse. They've made some improvements recently and she's looking great!

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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Just got back from staying in Ocracoke at a private condo. The lighthouse was right around the corner. I rode a bike over to the light house early one morning to take photographs of the lighthouse, and as one of the other reviewers pointed out, there is limited parking, so a bike is a great way to go. I liked the bike ride because I could check out the local buildings and really look around. Mostly everyone rides, so you are in good company. I have visited tons of lighthouses up and down the east coast, and was disappointed that the keeper's quarters was a private residence and that it was not open to climb it. (Coast guard owns it and the stairs are not restored.) It is still is pretty to look at. Go there if you have time for a mini adventure, and look around the village on your way too. There is a graveyard behind it, and I did not want to intrude, so I just looked from the white picket fence. The area is rich in history, so you never know what you may find! One note: bring lots of bug spray-the mosquitoes are starving!

Thank cworth2288
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

The white picturesque Ocracoke lighthouse is less of a "star" than the Hatteras Lighthouse. But we liked it nonetheless. You can't walk up the Ocracoke light but you can go inside to hear the ranger talk and ask questions. Parking is very very limited so biking or walking to this lighthouse is recommended. If you bike, you can stop at Styon's Store a few doors before you get to the lighthouse. After the lighthouse, hop on your bike continuing on to Loop Road because the Springer's Point walk is just around the corner.

Thank DeeDeeNC070
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

The lighthouse is well kept and staffed by a nat'l park ranger from 1-3 daily in the summer. It is interesting if you like lighthouses or are on the island for some time. Honestly, however, there is not much to see. You cannot go up and the keepers house is private property. Do this on Ocracoke only if you have the time - or plan on it if you are a lighthouse fan.

Thank slrv61
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

We were working our way through the entirety of the Outer Banks and stopped to see this light house. The ferry ride over to the island was a great experience if you have never been on one. There is not much to see that I am aware of, and if you are able to go up in it, we were not able to at the time. One of the neat things about the Outer Banks are its lighthouses, so it is worth stopping to see this.

Thank Rob_Cunningham
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