Bodie Island Light Station

Bodie Island Light Station, black and white photo
Bodie Island Light Station

Library of Congress

Quick Facts

Nags Head, NC
Historic First-Order Light Station

The current Bodie Island Light Station, the third of its kind, completed construction in 1872. Designed to replace the second Bodie Island Lighthouse, destroyed during the Civil War in 1861, the US Light-House Board purchased 15 acres of land on June 13, 1871 and began construction soon after.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse first shone its first-order Fresnel light on October 1, 1872. Since then, the site has witnessed several modifications including the construction of a double keeper’s quarters (now the visitor center), an oil house at the base of the light tower, boardwalks, restrooms, and new pathways and trails. 

On October 15, 1963, the US Coast Guard transferred the property (minus the lighthouse itself) to the National Park Service. On July 13, 2000, the Coast Guard transferred the lighthouse to the National Park Service. Since 2000, the National Park Service has overseen many repairs and modifications to the Bodie Island Light Station. The lighthouse was officially opened for public climbing in April, 2013.

The Bodie Island Light Station is located at 8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse Road in Nags Head, North Carolina. The lighthouse is open seasonally for tours from mid-April to mid-October.

Last updated: September 28, 2016