North Carolina Lighthouses

List of all lighthouses in the state of North Carolina as identified by the United States Coast Guard and other historical sources.

Focal height and coordinates are taken from the 1907 United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.

Name Image Location Year first lit Automated Year deactivated Focal Height
Bald Head Light Bald Head Island 1794 (First)
1817 (Current)
(Inactive: 1935-1985)
110 110 ft (34 m)
Bodie Island Light Nags Head 1847 (First)
1872 (Current)
1940 Active 156 156 ft (48 m)
Campbell Island Light None Known Wilmington 1849 Never 1865
025 25 ft (7.6 m
Cape Fear Light   Cape Fear 1903 Never 1958
Cape Hatteras Light Buxton 1803 (First)
1870 (Current)
1950 Active 187 187 ft (57 m)
Cape Lookout Light Cape Lookout 1812 (First)
1859 (Current)
1950 Active Unknown
Croatan Shoal Light Croatan Sound Unknown Never 1864
Currituck Beach Light Corolla 1875 1939 Active Unknown
Diamond Shoal Light Offshore 1966 1977 2001 125 125 ft (38 m)
Federal Point Light N/A Kure Beach 1817(First)
1866 (Last)
Never 1879
(Destroyed in 1881)
Frying Pan Shoals Light Offshore 1964 1979 2003 Unknown
Hatteras Beacon Buxton 1855 Never 1898
Laurel Point Light Laurel Point 1880 Never 1950s
Long Point Beacon Light Currituck 1901 Never Unknown
Neuse River Light Vandemere 1828 Never Unknown
035 35 ft (11 m)
North River Light N/A Albemarle Sound 1866 Never 1917
(Moved in 1920)
Oak Island Light Oak Island 1849 (First)
1958 (Current)
Always Active 169 169 ft (52 m)
Ocracoke Light Ocracoke 1798 (First)
1823 (Current)
1955 Active 075 75 ft (23 m)
Pamlico Point Shoal Light Mesic 1828 (First)
1891 (Last)
Never 1950s
Price Creek Light Southport 1849 Never 1865 031 31 ft (9.4 m)
Roanoke Marshes Light Croatan Sound 1831 (First)
1877 (Last)
Never 1955
Roanoke River Light Albemarle Sound 1867 (First)
1903 (Current)
Never 1941(Preserved) 035 35 ft (11 m)
Wade Point Light Pasquotank River
1855 (First)
1899 (Last)
Never 1950s

Lighthouses of the Carolinas

Eighteen lighthouses still stand in the Carolinas, from Currituck Lighthouse near the Virginia border down to Haig Point Lighthouse near the border with Georgia. Author Zepke tells how they were built and how they have weathered hurricanes, erosion, and neglect. Some are open to visitors; others can be seen from the coast or on a passing boat. In this second edition, all the travel guide information is updated, along with new sections on light keepers, the U.S. Lighthouse Board, and a timeline.