Bodie Island Lighthouse opens for climbing April 27; Cape Hatteras Lighthouse could open this summer season


Bodie Island Lighthouse. NPS image

Bodie Island Lighthouse is open for climbing this year from Wednesday April 27th until early fall. A limited climbing season at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse may be available this summer, but potential dates have not yet been determined.

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the third lighthouse in the area. First lit on October 1, 1872, the lighthouse still has its original first-order Fresnel lens and has a flashing pattern of 2.5 seconds, 2.5 seconds off, 2.5 seconds on, and 22.5 seconds from to.

A special event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Bodie Island Lighthouse is being planned by Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks Forever and the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society. Event details will be announced in the coming months.

Weekly Climbing

Beginning April 27, the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be open for climbing Wednesday through Saturday through early fall.

Tickets start at 7am and can only be purchased on the same day of your scheduled climb. Tickets are only available at Tickets sell out fast so create your account before the date you wish to purchase tickets to save time.

Learn more about climbing lighthouses at

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

A pause between stages of restoration work at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse could allow for a limited climbing season this summer. If a climbing season becomes possible, a separate public announcement will be made in the coming months.

Learn more about the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Restoration Project at