Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

46379 Lighthouse Rd.
Buxton, NC 27920- Map It
(252) 473-2111

AAA Editor Notes

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, built in 1870, is about 1 mi. s.e. of Buxton at 46379 Lighthouse Rd. The tallest such brick structure in the United States, the 208-foot renovated lighthouse warns ships away from Diamond Shoals, also known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.” A balcony, perched at the top of a 257-step climb, offers an observation point. The keeper's quarters contains a visitor center and exhibits about area history. A self-guiding nature trail begins near the lighthouse. Visitor programs are held throughout the summer. Visitors wishing to climb the lighthouse must be at least 42 inches tall. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.
$8; $4 (ages 0-11, ages 62+ and the physically impaired).
Hours: Lighthouse and visitor center open daily 9-5:30, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9-4:30, third Fri. in Apr.-day before Memorial Day and day after Labor Day-Columbus Day. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Phone for holiday closures.