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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4474
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Fantastic visit to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

If you've not done it, I suggest you take some time & visit ALL the lighthouses along the NC coast... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Matthew W
Wilmington, North Carolina
Beautiful lighthouse

It was so odd seeing this lighthouse in its current location after visiting it twice before in its... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
West Virginia
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The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“worth the climb” (92 reviews)
“the outer banks” (205 reviews)
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Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, Hatteras Island, NC 27920
+1 252-995-4474
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you've not done it, I suggest you take some time & visit ALL the lighthouses along the NC coast. They are all interesting, many have unique history &, on a clear day, you can see for miles. I have visited this lighthouse twice. The...More

Thank Matthew W
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was so odd seeing this lighthouse in its current location after visiting it twice before in its previous location. If you're there in season, definitely take the climb to the top. If you want a nice stroll on the beach, visit its old location.

Thank wirttravelers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice and friendly staff. Lighthouse was closed for the season but still neat to visit. There is a cost to climb the lighthouse but because it was closed we just walked around the outside.

Thank Ruth Ann E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This must-see beauty will be something you talk about with your friends and family. It is a bit of a drive, but once you stand under this amazing piece of NC history, you will forget about the time commitment. Amazing.

Thank MBFNCNative
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time we had been to the outer banks. We enjoyed the gift shop and their many beautiful puzzles and posters. The staff was very friendly. We would have loved to climb the lighthouse but it was closed for the winter. Would definitely come back...More

Thank Odella F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Still miss her old location, but love to visit this lady whenever we are nearby! Wish she were decorated for the holidays - maybe a nice wreath and some twinkly lights? Good fishing spots nearby but a bit too cold to catch anything. Still a...More

Thank CarsonsMommy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to drive down to Buxton on Christmas Eve not knowing quite what to expect and assumed that most things would be closed. Well, the Lighthouse was open and the Park Service staff were not only helpful but also extremely friendly. What a lovely...More

Thank Andrew F
Reviewed 10 December 2017

BEAUTIFUL! If you are in the area you need to visit Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse. Great history!

Thank AMiller121
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This clear black and white lighthouse if a great place for a picture. The different patterns around each lighthouse helped the boats know where they were. There is little else to explore but the clear blue sky against this pattern was stunning.

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Iconic lighthouse - easy to access - gloriously maintained. NPS gift shop has some unique souvenirs by local artists, No visit to OBX would be complete without a stop here!

Thank TN-Transplant73
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8 August 2017|
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Response from Scott M | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry for the delay but our daughter was 5 years old and she made it fine. It is a long hike up the winding stairs but well worth the effort.
20 June 2017|
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Response from Kim H | Reviewed this property |
I went when it was rainy on purpose! It was fairly busy, but I was there before Memorial Day so off season.
18 May 2017|
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Response from amfh | Reviewed this property |
For a family of five, the cost amortizes out to $5.60 per person. IMHO, that is a very small price to pay for being able to say "I climbed the tallest lighthouse in the United States!" And, the cost for a senior is only... More