Bodie Island Travel Guide

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Bodie Island Things to Do

  • Keeper's Quarters

    The front view of the keeper's quarters. As with a number of other stations, the keeper's quarters was built as a duplex and was home to as many as three families (head keeper and two assistants) during its use. The back view is the same as the front, except that the handicapped accessible ramp is not at the backBodie Island was completely...

  • Bodie Island Light

    Bodie Island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The 150 ft tall Bodie Island Light is 4 miles north of Oregon Inlet, and is encircled by two black and three white bands. It is an active lighthouse which is equipped with the original first-order Fresnel lens (which is treated as a separate property from the tower itself). The 160,000...

  • Isolated Beaches

    Although the area is very popular it is possible to find isolated beaches on the Outer Banks. These beaches near the Bodie Island Light house were almost empty when I was here in September 2004. The lighthouse does not sit on the beach front like many of the other lighthouses. The lighthouse is a little ways inland and just off the main highway.

  • Kill Devil Hill

    the memorial built in 1963 to commemorate 2 great men who fulfilled the dreams of all humanity. And it was of course in December 17 1903, and who cares they were from Dayton, Ohio ;-).

  • Do I Look Good or What? The Lighthouse...

    Some things just reach out and grab you... Such was the sight of this grand lady! So clean, so pristine, so much pride! This is worth the trip off of US Hwy. 12 to see! We passed it on our way to Nags Head but I came back to see and I'm glad I did!

  • Approaching the Bodie Lighthouse

    I must apologize for not having detailed information regarding this Beauty, but the Park Service folks were out of infomation so I'm empty and so are you! However, sometimes the mere visual can be more than adequate and I hope that might be the case here! Enjoy the sight as I did!

  • One Room Museum

    The bottom floor of the double keeper's quarters is open to the public as a 2 room visitors' center. One room is a museumPictured is one of the displays which says: Under the top lighthouse picture "Routine heavy weather for the sea-swept lighthouse at St. George Reef, California one of the most exposed stations in the country"Under the photo of...

  • Walk along the beaches

    Although somewhat calm the day I walked here, these beaches on the Outer Banks have been known to have fierce storms and shifting coastlines. The area has been nicknamed the Graveyard of the Atlantic. These beaches are part of the National Parks Service. They are beautiful beaches and were not crowded, as you can tell by the pictures, when I...

  • Bodie Island Lighthouse

    The Bodie (pronounced Body) Island light house is the second of the four major lighthouses on the Outer Banks. It is located the Currituck Beach and Cape Hatteras lighthouse near Nags Head. It was built in 1872 on a deserted island. The lighthouse keeper lived alone on the island and only saw his family during the summer months. There is a museum...


Bodie Island Restaurants

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    Lone Cedar Cafe: exactly - don't miss the fresh seafood!

    by Toja Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    They had fabulous shrimp and fish, and incredible corn bread [we even took some with us] Everything was fresh and very tasty. The picture was taken form the backside pier; you can see a little garden with flowers and herbs there. It seems they keep those herbs also for the cooking use.

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Bodie Island Transportation

  • Which way to go?

    This picture is the main route to access Bodie Island from the south. To go north get in the left lanes and head for 158. Going north you can tour Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil's hill, and Corollo Lighthouse. Of coarse, the towns of Nags Head, Southern Shores, Sanderling, and Pine Bluff are all this direction also.Take the sign head for Cape Hatteras...

  • Route 44

    Pictures of the landscape between Williamston to the west to Roanoake and Bodie Islands. The mainland areas are mostly agricultural until you approach the coast. Then it changes to a water way on the north side of Route 44 and forests, but even here, the forests are now being cleared for manufacturing.

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Bodie Island Shopping

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    Visitor's Center Gift Shop: Lighthouses

    by grandmaR Written May 4, 2005

    One room of the Keeper's Quarters is a gift shop.

    What to buy: They have all kinds of lighthouse books, as do most NPS gift shops. We also got a NPS passport to get stamps for the National Parks that we visited.

    What to pay: Everything is marked - don't expect to bargain.

    Side view of the Keeper's House
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Bodie Island Warnings and Dangers

  • No Wake Zone

    There is a serious no wake zone on Bodie Island at Oregon Inlet, and the Coast Guard station is right there to enforce it. All the little fishing boats that zip in and out of the inlet, slow down right where they are supposed to when coming in here.The Coast Guard does have a much more serious purpose. "Station Oregon Inlet conducts search and...

  • Don't Believe Everything you Read

    This picture is labeled as a Sombrero Light. It is not. It is Thomas Point Light. It IS a screwpile lighthouse like the caption says - the only problem is that Sombrero Light is NOT a screwpile lighthouse.

  • Needs Work

    "U.S. General Services Administration officially transferred the Bodie Island Lighthouse from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to the National Park Service (NPS) on July 13, 2000. The USCG will maintain the lighting apparatus, as Bodie Island remains an active aid to navigation." This lighthouse is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (which is a...


Bodie Island Off The Beaten Path

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    Nature Trail

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The marshes surrounding Bodie Island Lighthouse offer a self-guided nature trail. There are parking areas provided at the lighthouse visitors center. This is an excellent area for coastal bird-watching --even during the winter months. Glossy ibis, heron, egret, and other wading birds abound from spring until autumn. In the summer, prepare for mosquitos

    Also in this area is Bodie Island Lifesaving Station (1878-1923) - which was once called Tommy's Hummock. The renovated 1876-Type Bodie Island Station is located across from the entrance to the lighthouse on the beach side of Hwy 12, but the property is off limits to the public. It serves now as a VIP house for National Park Service and may be soon used as temporary Coast Guard office.

    Bodie Island Lifesaving/Coast Guard Station (added 1979 - District - #79000251) Also known as Bodie Island Ranger Station;Bodie Island Ranger Residence &
    S of Nags Head on NC 12, Nags Head

    Area of Significance: Transportation, Social History
    Owner: Federal
    Historic Function: Defense, Domestic, Transportation
    Historic Sub-function: Coast Guard Facility, Multiple Dwelling, Water-Related
    Current Function: Defense, Domestic, Government
    Current Sub-function: Coast Guard Facility, Government Office, Multiple Dwelling

    Entrance to Parking Lot
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Bodie Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing

    Fishing can be done in the islands but check before you go. Most tackle stores can inform you where it is legal to fish.

  • Ride in the Surf

    One of the TV shows "Best of America on Horseback" had riding on the Outer Banks. They recommended riding on the beach near the Bodie Island lighthouse. This would be in the area included in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There is a parking lot which has enough room for the trailers, and bathrooms for the people.According to the NPS...

  • Artificial Reef

    This is a sign at the base of the Oregon Inlet bridge which explains about the U.S.S. Dionysus which was sunk to provide an artifical reef for a fish habitat. The sign says:"One of four World War II Navy Liberty (transport) ships purchased by North Carolina, the Dionysus is now part of the State's Artificial Reef Program. Prior to submergence, this...


Bodie Island Favorites

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    Restoration Money

    by grandmaR Written May 4, 2005

    Favorite thing: This box which is somewhat like the Bodie Island lighthouse. The sign behind it says

    "Your donations support the preservation and protection of the unique and fragile natural and cultural resources of Cape Hatteras National Seashore"

    Apparently the NPS cannot raise enough money to really preserve and protect the lighthouse against the ravages of weather and time.

    Donation box
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