Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest in the nation. It shines with 8,000 candlepower and can be seen up to 14 miles offshore.

Since 1951, when the last keeper of the Ocracoke Lighthouse passed away, the tower and adjacent keeper’s quarters have been maintained by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore division of the National Park Service.

Though the lighthouse cannot be climbed, the grounds can be visited daily with parking available onsite.

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Springer’s Point Nature Preserve
A tranquil maritime forest with abundant wildlife, centuries-old live oaks, and traces of historic structures. It’s also the beach where Blackbeard and his crew met their fate at the hands of the British Navy.
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Hammock Hills Nature Trail
Marsh views, old dunes, and a diverse collection of plants and wildlife. Bring your four-legged friends for an easy hike through some of the highest wooded points on the island.
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Portsmouth Island
Located a short boat ride away from Ocracoke Island stands a historic village on Portsmouth Island. Here, you’ll find a post office, church, schoolhouse, Lifesaving Station, and many lovely homes. The only thing missing is people.
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