Ocracoke Lighthouse

28 05 2009

While Denise and I were on Ocracoke Island last week, we paid a visit to the Ocracoke Lighthouse. The bike ride from the ferry dock to the lighthouse took just a few minutes. Definitely less than 5 mins. For some reason, the map of Ocracoke leads you to believe the distances are further than what they are.

The Ocracoke lighthouse is the second oldest working lighthouse in the United States. It’s completely automated and the light is stationary. They say the light is visible up to 14 miles away which I believe. No matter where you’re at, you can see the top of the lighthouse peeking out above the treeline. It’s a great reference point when tooling around the village.

You’re not able to go in the lighthouse nor enter the grounds where the lighthouse stands. You’re pretty much limited to the boardwalk path or the grassy area at the end of the boardwalk near the lighthouse. The lighthouse is simple in appearance yet quaint. It fits the Ocracoke atmosphere perfectly.

What was once the lightkeeper’s house is now a private residence.


There’s parking for a few cars and a bike rack. We only seen people on bikes when we were there.

I must say that this visit to the Ocracoke Lighthouse has peaked my interest in lighthouses. I’m going to make the effort to get out and visit all of the North Carolina lighthouses.

Wouldn’t it be neat to be out on the water at night and see first hand how the lighthouse guides you? Scary too!





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