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.