Photograph Bodie Island Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse

​Bodie Island Lighthouse is an great place for the whole family to explore and an excellent spot for sunrise and Milky Way pictures.

Bodie Island Lighthouse is one of five lighthouses located on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Located just 10 miles south of Nags Head, NC.  To reach the lighthouse follow Cape Hatteras National Park Rd (HWY 12) from the intersection of HWY 158 for 5.2 mile then turn right onto Bodie Island Lighthouse Rd and follow the road for 1 mile until you reach the parking lot. It is free to park in the parking lot in front of the lighthouse and to explore the grounds. A ticket is required if you intend to climb to the top of the lighthouse, and it is open for tours from late April through Columbus Day.  Bodie Island Lighthouse is 156 feet tall, and the 360 degree view from the top is outstanding. Bodie Island Lighthouse is surrounded by freshwater marshlands and a few saltwater ponds, so make sure you wear your bug spray.  

Bodie Island Light House is a great place to watch and photograph the sunrise.  The lighthouse is surrounded by grass, which allows you to photograph the lighthouse from any direction to take full advantage of the best light. For another angle to photograph Bodie Island Lighthouse, a short hike along the boardwalk will lead through some tall grass and reeds, up a ramp, to a raised viewing platform near the bay.  This is a great location to photograph the lighthouse with the marshlands in the image and is also a great spot to photograph the local birds. 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Snack
  • ***Bug Spray***
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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Awesome location!

I have visited many lighthouses, this is easily my favorite, great location that provides opportunity for a variety of photo compositions. If you are traveling through the Outer Banks, this is a must stop!


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