Bodie Island Light is located about one mile off State 12 south of the National Seashore entrance. This is the third lighthouse to be built at this site. The first fell because of poor construction, Confederates destroyed the second, but this 1872 light rises 156 feet above the sea. It's First Fresnel Lens still turns on at dusk each evening. The tower was painted with black and white horizontal bands for better visibility in the daytime.

The park Service operates a visitor's center in the old light keeper's house. Since this lighthouse is still operated by the U.S. Coast Guard it is closed to the public. The grounds & visitor's center are open daily in the summer. For more information, contact the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Route 1, Box 675, Manteo, NC 27954; (919) 473-2111.

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