January 3, 2017

Light Houses & Life Saving Stations


Rodanthe is home to the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station – one of the oldest Life Saving Stations in the United States. Literally thousands of lives have been saved over the last 200 years by brave souls who risked their lives to save others. The Life Saving Station is about a ten minute walk from Conscience Point.

About thirty minutes south of Conscience Point is the granddaddy of all lighthouses, Cape Hatteras. Available for climbing year-round, Cape Hatteras remains a majestic beacon rising over the maritime forest of Buxton. Many are familiar with the recent history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Its storied journey in 1999 of approximately 2500 feet to the southwest of its original position was detailed in the New York Times and captured by the Discovery Channel. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is built on the same general platform as the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Currituck Lighthouse and the prototype, Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

Thirty minutes north of Conscience Point is Bodie Island Lighthouse. Bodie Island Lighthouse was renovated recently and is now open for climbing in-season.

Far north of Conscience Point is the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. This is an excellent spot to take your family for a picnic or a nice stroll. The Whalehead Club, which has been around for nearly a century, has been refurbished and looks as magnificent as it did when folks came to the Outer Banks to hunt.

For the adventurous at heart, Cape Lookout is a mere 4 hours south by car or slightly less by way of two ferries. Once there, you will have to take a private ferry over to the lighthouse. The trip is worth it, though. The lighthouse has recently been refurbished and is open for climbing.