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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Seashore Service Road, Buxton, North Carolina 27920 USA

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Fri 8a-4p
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • No Wifi

“guards the graveyard of the atlantic”

Cape Hatteras Light is a lighthouse located on Hatteras Island in theOuter Banks of North Carolina near the community of Buxton, and is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The 248 iron spiral stairs to the top equal climbing a 12 story building. The stairs have a handrail only on one side and a landing every 31 steps. There is no air conditioning. It may be noisy, humid, hot and dim inside the lighthouse and there is two-way traffic on the narrow stairs. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift, a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada. This current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called Diamond Shoals. Hundreds and possibly thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. The National Park Service currently maintains the lighthouse and the keepers’ quarters. The U.S. Coast Guard operates and maintains the automated light.

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Reviewed by
JackTee

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 25, 2014

Go early to avoid the crowds and long waits to walk up the stairs of the light house. Water drinks are the only drinks allowed in the light house. They have a nice gift shop a short walk from the light house but no drinks for sale, not even bottled water.

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Reviewed by
LaurelW

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 19, 2014

The picture needs up dating.. that's one of the other lighthouses on the Outer Banks..The Cape Hatteras light house is spiral painted.

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Reviewed by
shhswimmer

  • 16 Reviews
  • 20 Helpful
June 17, 2014

Very picturesque lighthouse, especially when the sun was setting. Admission to go up was $6 but we arrived too late to take advantage of that. Easy enough to stop at on your way up or down the outer banks.

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Reviewed by
sdb37

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 05, 2014

Um... That photo is the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

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Reviewed by
Mike

  • 12 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
April 03, 2016
Rated 4.0

Went in off season so you couldn't go to the top. But was able to look around the site. (Looks like they don't do the tours until April. )

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Reviewed by
Mike

  • 12 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 30, 2016
Rated 4.0

Must see if you come this way.

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Tatiana Danger

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March 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

Want your exercise for the day? Climb the 257 steps to the top of the world’s tallest brick lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Go early if you want to avoid the crowds (especially in summer). You can only bring water into the lighthouse (and it's recommended if you get easily parched). There's a good gift shop, but they don't sell water. So be prepared if it's a hot day.

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Reviewed by
TinaRanous

  • 22 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

Very cool and informative! Wonderful view from the top, although a lot of steps!

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Reviewed by
organizedmayhem

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 25, 2015
Rated 5.0

Had a great time climbing this lighthouse! Great view from the top! Definitely worth the time!

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Seashore Service Road
Buxton, North Carolina
27920 USA

Hours

Open now until 4:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Mon, Fri, Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun, Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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