The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, is one of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses in the world The lighthouse has black and white stripes and sits on top of a brick base. The lighthouse protects one of the most treacherous stretches of the Outer Banks, with a beam of light that spans 20 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, the lighthouse is also the record for being the world’s tallest brick lighthouse at a staggering 208′ ft. tall. The lighthouse is easily one of the most recognizable icons in North Carolina and can be found on special North Carolina license plates. Cape Hatteras is located in the Outer Banks
The lighthouse is a historic landmark that comes with a few rules:
- Each climber must be at least 42″ (107 cm) tall and capable of climbing all steps on his or her own.
- Children 11 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult who is 16 years of age or older.
- No person may be lifted or carried.
- Running, jumping, or stomping on stairs and landings is prohibited.
- Do not eat, drink (except water), smoke or chew tobacco.
- No pets allowed.
- Shoes required; no bare feet or heels over 1-½” (3.8 cm) high.
- Leave umbrellas, backpacks, tripods, coolers, beach bags, surfboards, fishing poles, and the like in your car.
- Throwing of any object off the lighthouse is unsafe and may get you in big trouble! Either lighthouse may close at any time if weather conditions are unsafe.
Bodie Island Lighthouse climbers need to be aware of these additional safety rules.
- Each climber must weight less than 260 lbs. (118 kg).
- Only one person at a time is allowed on each flight of stairs—no climbing in pairs or groups.
Expect to be tired when you reach the top
The climb to the top is steep and long, 257 steps to be exact. The lighthouse is open for climbers seasonally, generally from Easter to Thanksgiving, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day, and 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the spring and fall. Ticket sales start at 8:15 a.m., and climbers are led in groups by a National Park Service tour guide up and down the ancient steps.
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