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Buxton - Cape Hatteras Light Station

46379 Lighthouse Road

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse protects one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift, a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada. This current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called Diamond Shoals. Hundreds and possibly thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.



Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
In my humble opinion, this is the most beautiful light house of the major light houses on the Outer Banks. The distinctive swirled black and white stripes quickly distinguish it in photos. If you have the stamina, I recommend climbing to the top because the views are phenomenal. There are landings in between the steep flights of winding stairs to allow you to catch your breath and take in the spectacular views. The lighthouse was moved from its original location due to beach erosion. The historic site gives you more information and insight into this gargantuan move.

Kristen Burch

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
It’s amazing to look upon a historic landmark with that much history. The lighthouse is beautiful. It’s quite a hike to make it to the top, but there are landing spots where you can stop to catch your breath. The stairs are narrow so sometimes you have to stop to let someone come down anyway and that’s a great opportunity to rest for a quick minute. It’s definitely worth climbing to the top. The view is amazing.

Kelsey Girdwood

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
I grew up visiting Cape Hatteras every year since I was a baby. This is not the original site it was built on. They moved it here due to the thrashing the dunes took from recent years hurricanes. It is still a very magical site and building. Bathrooms are located outside and it just a stroll away from the water I wish to visit this site as often as possible.

Sara Neville

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018
Loved it. Went at the beginning of January. Not crowded and just beautiful with the sun setting behind it.

Tyler Newman

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
One of my favorite places in the world. It's absolutely beautiful here. The views from the top are breathtaking and the beach nearby is one of the best I've ever been to. Do yourself a favor, go out to the lighthouse beach at night during New Moon, and you will see more stars than you ever have. It's worth it.

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