Bodie Island Lighthouse to open for climbing excursions

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Bodie Island Lighthouse. Photo: NPS/Kurt Moses

The nearly 165-foot tall Bodie Island lighthouse will open for climbing on Wednesday, April 27 this year, Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials announced Thursday.

The climbing season lasts from Wednesday to Saturday until early autumn. Tickets start at 7am and can only be purchased on the same day of your scheduled climb. Tickets are only available at www.recreation.gov/ticket/252034/ticket/10087143.

Officials noted that tickets sell out quickly and recommended creating an account at www.recreation.gov before the date you wish to purchase tickets to save time.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was first lit on October 1, 1872 and still has its original first order Fresnel lens and has a flash pattern of 2.5 seconds on, 2.5 seconds off, 2.5 seconds on and 22.5 seconds off.

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.

Officials said a limited climbing season at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is undergoing restoration, could be possible this summer, but potential dates have not yet been determined. If a pause between phases of the restoration project allows climbing, officials said they would announce dates within the next few months.