Bodie Island Lighthouse | North Carolina

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been out and about a lot. My mom (my favorite photo adventure buddy) was in town and we had many fun outings! One of my favorites was a visit to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to check out the Bodie Island Lighthouse. I fell in love – it was perfectly picturesque!

Bodie Island Lighthouse | Cape Hatteras | Outer Banks (OBX) | North Carolina

The day was warm, but thankfully there was a bit of fog overhead and a slight breeze coming off of the water which made the summer humidity bearable. However, it was still too warm for me to attempt the 10-story climb to the top of the lighthouse. I’ll save that for a fall or winter visit when the weather is cooler and the crowds are thinner.

Bodie Island Lighthouse | Cape Hatteras | Outer Banks (OBX) | North Carolina

The Bodie (pronounced ‘body’) Island Lighthouse as we see it today was built in 1872. It is located just south of Nags Head and is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Bodie Island Lighthouse | Cape Hatteras | Outer Banks (OBX) | North Carolina

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is the third lighthouse in that vicinity. The first, built in 1847, was “highly unstable and soon after it was completed, it began to lean toward the sea” (wikipedia).In 1859 the second lighthouse was built but met its end in 1861 when Confederate troops stacked explosives inside the tower and blew it apart.

Bodie Island Lighthouse | Cape Hatteras | Outer Banks (OBX) | North Carolina

The photos above are a small handful of my favorites from that day. It was hard to choose which ones I liked best! I look forward to visiting this spot again, perhaps this fall or winter when there aren’t as many people around and the weather is cooler. Luckily, the Outer Banks aren’t too far from home. It was roughly an hour and a half each way which makes for a delightful day trip!

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