North Carolina Lighthouses

The coast of North Carolina is home to many scenic lighthouses. With a rich history of guiding ships past danger and welcoming sailors home after a long voyage at sea, lighthouses are a picturesque destination for many travelers.

The Outer Banks is home to some of North Carolina’s most famous lighthouses. Many of these lighthouses have had extensive restorations, returning them to their original beauty and making it safe for visitors to climb to the top where they are rewarded with stunning views of the expansive coastline. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stands over 200 feet and is the tallest in the nation. The characteristic black and white spiral pattern makes it one of the most recognizable lighthouses in America.




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Located at the southern tip of the Outer Banks is Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Because of its remote location it is one of the lesser visited sites but those who make the trip feel that it is well worth the voyage. Its unique black and white diamond pattern make the perfect subject for photos. There is also a small museum nearby, as well as the chance to see wild ponies on the beach.

Near the Cape Fear River lies the Bald Head Island Lighthouse. Known as “Old Baldy,” it is the oldest standing lighthouse in the state. The island is accessible by ferry, and visitors are able to climb the 108 steps to the top, where breathtaking views of the island await them.

The lighthouses of North Carolina are an enduring symbol of the state. Visited by travelers from all over the world, each lighthouse has a story to tell, full history and tales of romance and adventure.