Outer Banks Lighthouses

As Hayes wrote, “Lighthouses are literally the light at the end of the tunnel. They are a guiding light in pitch black dark. They save you from disaster.” Outer Banks lighthouses are powerful structures whose flashing lights helped save the lives of countless sailors as they made their way to the North Carolina coast. They’re kind of like the guardian angels of the Outer Banks. Today one of the popular pastimes is visiting these historic lighthouses. You can even climb to the tops of many of them -- Currituck Light, Bodie Island Lighthouse and Hatteras Lighthouse! Stand in the nest and take in the panoramic view of the land below you: miles of ocean, shoreline, towns and marshes. Some of the lighthouses have little museums or information centers nearby, often in a restored keeper’s house, so you can learn about a lighthouse’s history and its particular significance in the area. Read our descriptions of the Currituck, Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Roanoke Island Marshes and Ocracoke lighthouses and let their beacons of light draw you to them.


Outer Banks Attractions by Area

Corolla | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Attractions by Category

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Outer Banks Lighthouses
1101 Corolla Village Road, Corolla
(252) 453-4939

The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality... read more

The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors... read more