89. Second Oldest in the Nation… Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

Everyone who visits the Outer Banks should take a day and drive to Hatteras, grab the free ferry to Ocracoke Island, and explore this unique and beautiful island with its fascinating history.  Whatever you do during your visit, don’t miss the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse!

From the Ocracoke ferry dock it is a short, scenic drive to Ocracoke Village. Just about anywhere in the village the white Ocracoke Lighthouse rises above the horizon and contrasts against the blue sky in the bright sunlight. At night the beam slowly sweeps over the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound providing a familiar marker to keep mariners off the shoals near the inlet.

The Ocracoke Light is the second oldest operating lighthouse in the nation. As in olden days, it still provides a known signpost for passing mariners and a historic landmark for local residents. The Ocracoke lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1977 as Ocracoke Light Station.

The 76 foot tall Ocracoke Light distinguishes itself from other lighthouses on the Outer Banks with its tiny windows, stark white exterior, circular platform near the top and black top hat. During the summer months a U.S. National Park Ranger allows visitors to access the base of the lighthouse and see the steel spiral staircase which leads to the top. Initially the beacon was controlled manually but in 1955 it was automated.

Make a visit to Ocracoke Lighthouse part of a family fun day of exploring wonderful Ocracoke Island.