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The Historic Lighthouse of the Outer Banks

Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse continuously in service in North Carolina.  The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the second oldest operating lighthouse in the nation.   The current light has 8,000 candlepower and can be seen from 14 miles out to sea.   

Getting to the Ocracoke Lighthouse

The Ocracoke Lighthouse is the first thing many visitors want to see when they come to Ocracoke. One of the most frequent question is, "How do you get to the lighthouse?" The answer is easy, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is located on Lighthouse Road.

Ocracoke Lighthouse

A walkway takes you past the picturesque lighthouse keeper’s house with its bright red metal roof and on to the base of the lighthouse. During the summer season, rangers are stationed several days per week at the Ocracoke Lighthouse and provide access into the base. You cannot climb the Ocracoke Lighthouse.  

Ocracoke Lighthouse FAQs

When was the Ocracoke Light built?

Construction on Ocracoke Lighthouse was completed in 1823.

Where is the Ocracoke Lighthouse?

The Ocracoke Lighthouse is located on Lighthouse Road on Ocracoke Island which is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Who built the Ocracoke Lighthouse?

The Ocracoke Light was constructed and designed by Noah Porter an architect from Massachusetts.

How big is the Ocracoke Lighthouse?

The Ocracoke Light stands 75 feet tall. It is 25 feet wide at its base and 12 feet wide at its peak.  The walls are solid brick - 5 feet thick at the bottom tapering to 2 feet at the top. An octagonal lantern crowns the tower and houses the light beacon.

Ocracoke Lighthouse

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