Lighthouses will be open for climbing from April 15 - Oct. 10
must be at least 42 inches tall to climb the lighthouse, and children
under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old. Climbing
the lighthouses is strenuous — climbing the Bodie Island Lighthouse is
equivalent to climbing a 10-story building and climbing the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse is equivalent to climbing a 12-story building.
For more information on what to expect, check the park website www.nps.gov/caha.
of the local Outer Banks communities and park visitors can climb the
lighthouses at no charge on opening day, Friday, April 15. Free tickets
will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be
obtained in-person, that day, on-site.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse operations will not move to a 5:30 p.m.
closure this year, as it had previously during the height of the summer
season. The current 4:30 p.m. closure better reflects visitation
patterns of that peak season -- attendance dramatically dropped after
4:30 -- and provides for better efficiencies in managing
For more information, check the park website www.nps.gov/caha.