How big is the Ocracoke Lighthouse?

about 75 feet tall
The lighthouse stands about 75 feet tall. Its diameter narrows from 25 feet at the base to 12 feet at its peak. The walls are solid brick – 5 feet thick at the bottom tapering to 2 feet at the top. An octagonal lantern crowns the tower and houses the light beacon.

How tall is Ocracoke?

75 feet
The lighthouse stands 75 feet (23 m) tall. Its diameter narrows from 25 feet (7.6 m) at the base to 12 feet (3.7 m) at its peak….

Ocracoke Light
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Construction Brick with mortar surface
Tower height 76 feet (23 m)
Tower shape Conical

How long and wide is Ocracoke Island?

16 miles long
Located southwest of Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island is only 16 miles long and anywhere from 3 miles to less than a half-mile wide. The north end of the island is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is undeveloped.

How many windows does the Ocracoke Lighthouse have?

six windows
Landings were constructed adjacent to three of the lighthouse’s six windows.

Does the Ocracoke lighthouse still work?

Completed just one year later and well under budget, the 1823 Ocracoke Island Lighthouse still stands and functions today, although the original Forth Order Fresnel Lens has since been replaced, and the lighthouse was automated in the early 1900s.

Does Ocracoke have a beach?

Ranked the second-best beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2020, Ocracoke Lifeguard Beach is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and operated by the National Park Service. Even in peak season, there’s plenty of room. To drive on the beach, you will need to get either a 10-day or annual permit here.

Can you go inside Ocracoke lighthouse?

There are limited interior or exterior tours of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, as the inside of the lighthouse is traditionally not open to the public.

Is Ocracoke Island walkable?

WALK. You can walk to most places within the village and on the outskirts. Even the Lifeguard Beach is only a 2-mile walk from the village down a wide paved path.

How often does the Ocracoke ferry run?

Passenger ferry service aboard the Ocracoke Express now runs seven days a week from July 3 through Sept. 10. The fare is $5 one way and $10 round trip. The ferry departs from Hatteras Ferry Terminal at 9:30AM, 1PM, and 4:30PM.

How old is the lighthouse on Ocracoke Island?

The Ocracoke Island lighthouse was built by a Massachusetts-based builder, Noah Porter, in 1823. As such, it is the oldest operating lighthouse in the state of North Carolina, and the second oldest lighthouse of any kind in the state as well – second only to the Bald Head Island Lighthouse.

How tall is the Ocracoke Light in feet?

OCRACOKE LIGHTHOUSE FACTS HEIGHT: 77 feet 5 inches STAIRS: 86 LIGHT PATTERN: Fixed Light BEAM RANGE: 14 Miles OWNERSHIP: transferred from US Coast Guard to the National Park Service in 1999. The non-rotating light is 75 feet above sea level and can be seen a full 360 degrees to a distance of fourteen miles.

Where was the location of the Ocracoke Light Station?

The US Lighthouse Service recognized that a lighthouse was needed to assist mariners through Ocracoke Inlet. In 1794, construction began on Shell Castle Island, a 25 acre, shell-covered island located between Ocracoke and Portsmouth Island to the south. This site was adjacent to the deepest inlet channel between shallow Pamlico Sound and the ocean.

How tall is the smallest lighthouse in the Outer Banks?

At just 65′ ft. tall, it is by far the smallest lighthouse on the Outer Banks, but it still towers over the 4 square miles of Ocracoke Village, and its beacon can be spotted up to 14 miles into the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.