"Best Known Lighthouse... That Got Up & Went!" Cape Hatteras State Park by NC_Ziggy

Cape Hatteras State Park Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 19 photos

A Beacon of Hope & Direction...

Just off the coast of Hatteras Island lies the most dangerous area of the Atlantic Ocean known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". This is the place where the Gulf Stream collides with the Virgina Drift which is a tributary of the Labrador Current from far away Canada. This confluence attempts to drive ships into a treacherous 12 mile long sand bar called "Diamond Shoals". In this especially, but including other parts of the Outer Banks over 600 documented shipwrecks have occurred during the course of history... who knows how many others?

Construction began on the Hatteras Lighthouse in 1868. It stands 210 feet tall from base to pinnacle and it's beacon can be seen 24 nautical miles at sea. It sits on an octogon shaped brick and granite base and is the tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S. It's daymarkings of two black & white graduated stripes make it one of the most recognizable lighthouses to this very day.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Hatteras Lighthouse is its own rescue from the ravages of the same sea that it worked so long to provide direction and safety to mariners. In 1999, it was moved from its seaside location to the present position as the encroaching ocean threatened to topple it. It took 23 days to move it approximately 3,000 feet. Ironically, the place where it formerly resided is now under water...

If you go to the Outer Banks, no trip would be complete without a glimpse of this historically and still important fixture of the North Carolina coast!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Must See!
  • Cons:Only if you don't like walking up stairs...
  • In a nutshell:Everyone needs their own picture of this!
  • Last visit to Cape Hatteras State Park: Jun 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2006 at 1:06 PM

    Thank you so much for the marvelous lines. Hope to make it to NC in July. Guess, time will tell. Best to you. Happy Valentine's Day. Maria

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2006 at 12:27 PM

    Ahhh - also beautiful :-))) Interesting story about her move ! And free ferries ? Can't believe it !

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2005 at 2:03 PM

    So, is there a lighthouse in this park or what? :)

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2005 at 3:02 AM

    That, is a lollypop of a lighthouse! Interesting info about it being moved inland. Quite a claim to fame, "Graveyard of the Altantic"


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