New Off Road Vehicle Regulations
New off road vehicle (ORV) regulations are now in effect. Please check here for information on how to get your ORV permit More »
Beach Fire Permits are required
Beach Fire Permits are now required. These permits are free. Please check here for information on how to get your Beach Fire Permit More »
Bodie Island LH Restoration Progress Report
Contact: National Park Service, (252) 473-2111
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore Bodie Island Lighthouse, located south of Nags Head just off of NC Hwy. 12, has been involved in a massive restoration project since December 2009. Significant and major restoration work was accomplished over the past year in order to protect this iconic beacon; however, similar to other restoration projects involving aging, historic structures, unforeseen issues arose that have complicated the full completion of the restoration work.
Last summer, while removing layers of paint and corrosion, the NPS contractor discovered significant structural integrity issues associated with the support structures under the balcony. A structural assessment has been completed to determine the seriousness and full extent of those findings, which included problems with framing, lantern beam supports, masonry and stitching, and steel drum and belt course segments located at the top of the lighthouse. NPS is working to obtain the additional funding needed to resolve these issues.
Work in the lighthouse will end this spring and the facility will be secured until funding is obtained.
For more information, contact the park at 252-473-2111.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern.
It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.