The nearly 165-foot-tall Bodie Island Lighthouse opens for climbing this year Wednesday, April 27, Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials announced Thursday.
The climbing season continues Wednesday-Saturday until early fall. Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. and may only be purchased on the same day of your intended climb. Tickets are only available for purchase at www.recreation.gov/ticket/252034/ticket/10087143.
Officials noted that tickets sell out quickly and recommended creating an account at www.recreation.gov prior to the date you intend to purchase tickets to save time.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was first lit Oct. 1, 1872, and still possesses its original first order Fresnel lens and features a flashing 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 Bodie Island Lighthouse’s 150th anniversary 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, may be possible this summer but potential dates had not been finalized. If a break between phases of the restoration project work allows for climbing, officials said they would announce dates within the next couple of months.
- Learn more about climbing lighthouses at https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/lighthouseclimbs.htm.
- Learn more about the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse restoration project at https://www.nps.gov/caha/learn/news/cape-hatteras-lighthouse-restoration-project.htm.