Cape Lookout National Seashore: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Lighthouses have fascinated me ever since I watched the Disney movie Pete’s Dragon. I know, a random bit of trivia but nonetheless poignant. What fascinates me most about lighthouses is the fact that no two are painted alike so sailors (before the time of GPS) knew where they were simply by the lighthouse they were closest to.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a shining example of the beautiful safety icons that flank the Atlantic Ocean. The 163 feet high, recently renovated lighthouse is the icon of The Crystal Coast in North Carolina. Why do I write that? Because everywhere you look, there’s miniature lighthouse sculpted into bird feeders and yard decorations. It’s even painted on building sides. I, personally, think it’s beautiful.

The lighthouse, upon its completion in 1859, cost $45,000 to build and light and is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Accessible via Island Express Ferry Services, the 15-20 minute ferry ride is a fun and scenic way to visit the seashore. In the warmer months, the lighthouse is open to visitors that want to ascend its 207 steps.

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