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    Hatteras Lighthouse

    by MatthewMetcalfe Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Hatteras Lighthouse

    No trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks would be complete without a visit to at least one lighthouse. The Hatteras Lighthouse located on Cape Hatteras is the largest of the Outer Banks Lighthouses and is a national monument now. Built in 1870, the Lighthouse was relocated to a safer location to protect it from the ocean. In addition to the lighthouse, there is a small museum here that talks about the history of the lighthouse and what it was like serving there. When you see all the shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina you understand what an important role these buildings played in maritime navigation.

    Check out my North Carolina Page for more things to do if you are visiting the outer banks.

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  • Air Tour

    by flyforfun Written Apr 14, 2007
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    When in Hatteras be sure to go flying with Dwight Burrus. His air tours are great! It's a great place to fly with fantastic scenery.
    Burrus Flying Service is based at Billy Mitchell Airport in Frisco, NC. Contact Dwight at 252 986 2679

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    The views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse!

    by tpangelinan Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    The views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

    After you have climbed the 256 steps to the top you are rewarded with views like this. This view is looking south toward the point where the barrier island turn heading southwest. You can really see how untouched this land actually is. While up top, if you look down you can some times see deer and other critters roaming freely. Grab you camera, it is worth it, the walk up that is, going down is SO much easier!

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    by tpangelinan Written Mar 15, 2005

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    The views from Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

    This view from Cape Hatteras lighthouse is looking north toward Avon, that is the small town you see in the distance. I'm sure on a much sunnier day than I had here the photos would be better, it was cloudy and rainy this day. Remember 256 step to the top is a what it take for these views.

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    Go visit the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 14, 2005

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    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

    This lighthouse was the first lighthouse ever built in the USA to warn ships away from land. There were more than 600 ships that had gone down near the cape, this area was known as The Graveyard of the Atlantic. The first tower at 90ft was completed in 1803 but was named the worst lighthouse in the US by sea captains because the light was to dimm and not tall enough. After battling the ocean and elements for almost 60 years it was renovatedin 1854 with a boost to 150ft and givin a new lens, after the Civil War congress approved a new lighthouse, completed in 1870 the now standing 198ft tower could be seen for almost 20 miles out to sea. This lighthouse was moved back from the beach in 1999 due to the ocean taking more and more of the beach. You can climb this tower for a few dollars and 256 steps for some fantastic views at the top.

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  • If you visit here...aside from...

    by NCBabyCat Written Oct 4, 2002

    If you visit here...aside from the obvious visit to the lighthouse..please be sure to notice the ponds along the road..they house some of the most interesting creatures you can imagine. Take notice of the little things..they can be your most treasured memories of the island.
    The wildlife here on the island is sometimes taken for granted by some people. The obvious thing here is to see the lighthouse..not so obvious is the ferry ride from Hatteras village to Ocracoke...but less often are the roads lined with people watching the wildlife. There are some rare birds...and an occasional bear..let alone the red wolf we have here that I have been tracking for the last couple years...that so happens to live in the woods behind my trailer.

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