Oak Island Lighthouse

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Oak Island, North Carolina

Oak Island Lighthouse Reviews

vances vances
496 reviews
Oak Island Lighthouse Oct 17, 2009
Oak Island hosts the most recent lighthouse built in America. The Oak Island Lighthouse was raised in 1958 to replace one on nearby Bald Head Island and also holds the distinction of being the brightest lighthouse in the US. In fact, it is the second brightest in the world, surpassed only by a French lighthouse on the English Channel – the Oak Island Lighthouse beam can be seen nineteen miles out at sea to assist navigation through the perilous Frying Pan Shoals.

The beam’s intensity is so overwhelming that when maintenance crews need to make repairs, they wear special protective clothing and can only work in short shifts. Though not a particularly attractive lighthouse (compared to the beauties on the nearby Outer Banks), it is interesting that the black-white-gray bands of the tower are not painted: the colors were actually incorporated into the concrete. Tours are available and rather than type it all out I took the lazy man’s path and snapped a picture – so please refer to the attached photo if you would like to explore this wonderful lighthouse!
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grandmar grandmar
211 reviews
From a Distance Nov 18, 2000
Oak Island is one of those lighthouses that I have never seen except at a distance. It is an active lighthouse which gives four white flashes every 10 seconds. The lighthouse is 155 ft tall - a round cylindrical reinforced concrete tower with lantern and gallery; rotating aero-beacon. The upper third of the tower is black, the center third white, and lowest third gray; these colors are in the concrete, not painted This is the next-to-last lighthouse built by the Coast Guard and the second tallest concrete light tower in the U.S. Built at an active Coast Guard station, the lighthouse was unharmed when the main station building next door was destroyed by fire in February 2002. In 2003 the Coast Guard announced it would transfer ownership of the lighthouse to the town of Caswell Beach

The town of Caswell Beach runs "no reservation required" free tours to the second level for anyone age 7 and up. (This is NOT to the top.) Tours are every Wednesday and Saturday (10 AM - 2 PM) starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day. Visitors climb 1 level (12 steps) A docent will provide information answer questions. Cameras and/or video recorders are welcome.

There are NO restroom facilities on site.

Climbing to the top is available year round for anyone 9 years or older Memorial Day through Labor Day. You must give two weeks notice. Top tours are only offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and under some circumstances on Sunday mornings. Closed on most major holidays. It's a challenging and vertiginous climb: the tower has ladders or 131 metal ship stairs to an outside balcony. Everyone MUST wear sneakers to climb.
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