North Carolina Lighthouses
page lists all of the lighthouses that we know of in North
Carolina. We have grouped them according to their location:
Outer Banks, inland or southern part of the state.
Outer Banks ... from north
Carrituck Beach Lighthouse
The Carrituck Beach lighthouse is in the town of Corolla, about
30 miles north on Nags Head. We have not yet visited it.
Roanoke Marshes (Replica)
lighthouse is located in the harbor at Manteo. We have not
yet visited it.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
is the northernmost island in the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore. We have not yet visited it.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
lighthouse is located on the southeast corner of Hatteras Island,
not far from the town of Buxton. We have not yet visited it.
Lighthouse is located in Ocracoke Village on Ocracoke Island, the
southernmost island in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
We have not yet visited it.
Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Lookout Lighthouse is located about five miles southeast of
Harkers Island on Cape Lookout, the most southeastern island in
the chain of islands comprising the Outer Banks. It can only
be seen by boat. We have not yet visited it.
Inland lighthouses ... from
north to south
Roanoke River Lighthouse
lighthouse is located in Edenton and is not functional. A
number of years ago it was moved to its current location. It
is still on the I-beams and trailer wheels it was taken there
on, awaiting restoration. You can walk right up to
it, but it is not open to the public.
Roanoke River (Replica) Lighthouse
lighthouse is located in Plymouth. It is not an operating
lighthouse, but has been constructed, as a replica, to allow the
public to view an example of the many lighthouses that used to
line the Roanoke River in that area. It is owned by the town
of Plymouth and is open to the public. There is a nominal
charge for entering the structure. On the day we were there,
there was a tour guide giving a tour/lecture and we were not
Southern end ... from north
Cape Fear Lighthouse
remains of the lighthouse that formerly stood at this location are
on the southeast corner of Bald Head Island. Although we did
take the ferry to Bald Head Island and these grounds are open,
since the lighthouse no longer exists, we did not take the time to
visit this structure.
Price's Creek Lighthouse
lighthouse is located near where Price's Creek enters the Cape
Fear River. It is on private property and you can not get a
close-up view unless you take a ferry that takes you there.
We took a ferry from Southport Landing to Bald Head Island and
were not able to see it on this ride.
Bald Head Island Lighthouse
The Bald Head Island lighthouse (Old Baldy to
the locals) is on Bald Head Island, near the mouth of the Cape
Fear River. Bald Head Island is actually part of Smith
Island, which is a group of islands containing many creeks and
inlets. You must take a ferry boat from the 9th Street ferry
dock in Southport. It was $15 per person for the ferry and
then $3 per person to tour the grounds, which included a museum,
gift shop and a climb to the top of the tower. Golf carts
can be rented or island tours arranged but the lighthouse was
within a short walk and much could be seen on foot.
Our apologies for the pictures. It was
heavily overcast and drizzling at times the day we were there and
the lighting was not good. Some of the shots are of the
surrounding area from the top of the light.
Oak Island Lighthouse
The Oak Island lighthouse is located on an inlet
just south of Wilmington NC, not far north of the South Carolina
state line. It was completed in 1958 and, as such, is one of
the newest American lighthouses. It is accessible by
car. In fact, you can park in a small parking area right near
the base and walk right up to it. It is not, however, open to
the public. One of the shots of this lighthouse was taken from the ferry boat
we took to Bald Head Island and another was taken from the top of
Old Baldy Lighthouse.
Again, our apologies for the quality of the