Bodie Island Lighthouse

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8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road, Nags Head, NC, USA
Bodie Island Lighthouse - Bodie Island Lighthouse from a slightly different angle (with better light) - its beauty will seduce you into snapping many pictures!
Bodie Island Lighthouse - Bodie Island Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse - Bodie Island Lighthouse - keeper's house is at the foot of the tower, on the left you can see a corner of the ranger station.
Bodie Island Lighthouse - View of the marsh from the overlook
Bodie Island Lighthouse - The Bodie Island Lighthouse seen from the overlook
Bodie Island Lighthouse - The Bodie Island Lighthouse seen from the overlook
Bodie Island Lighthouse - The Bodie Island Lighthouse seen from the overlook

Bodie Island Lighthouse Nags Head Reviews

Zagnut66 Zagnut66
110 reviews
Bodie Island Lighthouse Jul 27, 2012
The lighthouse was still under rennovation during Memorial Day weekend 2012 when I visited. The keeper's house was open with exhibits on the history of the structure. A path from the parking lot leads to an overlook across the marshland where you can take some great photographs. Maybe worth a quick visit if you are heading south from Nags Head. Hopefully when the construction is finished visitors will be able to climb to the top.

"Bodie Island" is no longer an island, the inlet that once separated it from the peninsula having closed up long ago in the continually shifting terrain of the Outer Banks. "Bodie" is the name of a family that once owned land in the area.

For some reason TravBuddy had the lighthouse located on Ocracoke Island, when it is actually just south of Nags Head.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse seen f…
View of the marsh from the overlook
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emmytravel emmytrav…
49 reviews
Closed in 2010 for renovations May 23, 2010
Bodie (pronounced Body) is under renovation in 2010. I don't know what the cost is for climbing when its open, probably similar to Currituck or Cape Hatteras fees. I did drive up to it. It is surrounded by scaffolding and plastic wrap. If there is a gift shop it was not evident. If you are heading to the Hatteras-Ocracoke Free Ferry Cape Hatteras lighthouse will be on the left and Bodie on the right.
vances vances
483 reviews
Bodie Island Lighthouse Jun 24, 2008
The current Bodie Island Lighthouse has been in operation since 1872, although this was the third one built to service this portion of the Banks. The first attempt was so poorly constructed that it tilted right away and had to be torn down; the second one was blown up by Confederate forces as Union troops were taking over the Banks – the Outer Banks were captured by the North early in the war and occupied for the duration). Operation of the lighthouse was transferred from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service years ago (the Outer Banks are designated as a National Seashore) and there is a ranger station here.

You can’t go up this lighthouse, but they do open up the keeper’s house occasionally --- as I was madly dashing about snapping some pictures I was informed that there would be a tour soon by no less than three rangers! This lighthouse is stunning and there were only a few other cars in the spacious lots. A very relaxed, free atmosphere prevails and a visit is highly recommended!
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furiousfowl says:
this was the 2nd light i saw after leaving buxton (cape hatteras) im amazed at all types of lights that i have seen. these are great structures that everyone should visit and learn about
Posted on: Jul 15, 2008
jennjeff1 says:
I have a few great sunset shots here at Bodie Island Lighthouse I need to upload soon! Great tips on the ranger tour Vance! Be sure to post to the Lighthouses group when you get a chance! ~Jeff
Posted on: Jun 29, 2008
Sweetski says:
You're a man after my own heart Vance. I was invited to join the 'magnificent seven' with only six awards under my belt. Just 4 more reviews and I'll be there. Yet, like you, I can't bring myself to upload poor reviews either :)
Posted on: Jun 29, 2008
furiousfowl furiousf…
19 reviews
Bodie Island Lighthouse Jul 20, 2008
now this light was the only one i got to climb up to, it was a heck of a climb, but worth it. this light is located on the roanoke sound side of the 1st island that is part of the cape hatteras seashore, located just south of Ngs Head a few miles before Oregon inlet. its the 3rd that has stood in this area, the 1st was built 1847 and abandoned in 1859 due to a poor foundation. the 2nd was built in 1859, was destroyed by retreating confederate troops who feared it would be used as a union observation post during the civil war. the 3rd and current light, with its original 1st order fresnel lens was completed in 1872.

in 1932 the light was upgraded to an electric lamp using oil-fueled generators. in 1940 the lighthouse was fully automated(no keeper). in 1953 it switched from generators to the commercial electric grid for its power.

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