Bodie Island Lighthouse opens for climbing; details on visiting Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke lights

Cape Hatteras National Seashore entrance at Whalebone Junction.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore has announced multiple ways to visit Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke lighthouses this year.

Bodie Island Lighthouse [NPS/Kurt Moses photo]

Bodie Island Lighthouse
The climbing season at the Bodie Island Lighthouse begins tomorrow, May 13. This season, climbing hours have been extended, with first entry at 9 a.m. and final entry at 5:30 p.m.

Climbing tickets can only be purchased on the day of your intended climb at (search for Bodie Island Lighthouse). Tickets go on sale daily at 7 a.m. Tickets may not be purchased for future dates.

To keep climbers safe, group size will be minimized, and masks will be required. For more information on regular climbing ticket prices, rules, and safety information, go to

Full moon climbs of the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be offered June 24, July 23, August 22 and September 20. Tickets for the full moon climbs must be purchased at starting at 10 a.m. three days prior to each climb date.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is not expected to open for climbing until at least late this summer due to an interior paint removal project. Learn more about the lighthouse restoration project at Outdoor areas around the lighthouse remain open.

In addition to visiting the outside of the lighthouse in person, the public can also virtually visit the top and inside of the lighthouse.

In partnership with Outer Banks Forever, a webcam was installed at the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The webcam allows visitors to continue to enjoy the view from the lighthouse during the restoration project. To view the webcam, go to

Screenshot of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse virtual tour. [NPS image]

Virtual Tour
Explore the new virtual tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Each tour stop along the way to the top of the lighthouse includes an interactive 360-degree photograph and historical information. The virtual tour is a great tool for educators and teachers around the country to connect their students to the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

View from the base of the Ocracoke Lighthouse. [NPS]

Ocracoke Lighthouse
Beginning Memorial Day, the base of the Ocracoke Lighthouse will be open seven days a week. Specific hours will be announced in the coming weeks. This story originally appeared on Read More local stories here.