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Bald Head Island Lighthouse

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Address: 101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
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+1 910-457-7481
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration...

Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding area. Tickets available in the Keeper's Cottage, home to the Smith Island Museum of History and lighthouse gift shop.

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Historic Visit

Wonderful experience visiting old highthouse. We were able to climb uptop to have a wonderful view of the Island. It is a must visit place traveling through Outer Bank. Can't wait... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark G
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Richmond, Virginia
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Access to Old Baldy was greatly limited due to its ongoing renovations. Definitely call ahead to check on access.

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Thank wonkavator
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful experience visiting old highthouse. We were able to climb uptop to have a wonderful view of the Island. It is a must visit place traveling through Outer Bank. Can't wait to take another Outer Bank trip.

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Thank Mark G
Sudbury, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We visited Old Baldy. It was a very nice old lighthouse with some spectacular views of the island. We were there at the end of August so it was pretty warm up at the top with little ventilation. It was still real interesting though.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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108 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Took the ferry over to the island then made the walk across the bridge over the low area & up the paved road to the lighthouse. A very unique, old building that is not the round cylinder shape that most people think of. You can climb to the top on wooden steps from the base to each of the wooden... More 

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North Carolina
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

A bit of history and nice view of the island from the top. I would rather spend my time on the beach but nice for a afternoon or morning break.

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Thank Robert G
Cary, North Carolina
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Cool lighthouse. Very historic but only one piece of an amazing island. One of the great ones along the NC coast. Do a tour from Corolla to Bald Head

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Thank Deborah H
BAY HEAD
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Awesome old lighthouse with lots of history. About the only attraction that is reasonably priced ($6). Tough climb, lighthouse needs some TLC but a beautiful view once the top is reached

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Buffalo, NY
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We took the two hour historic tour of Bald Head Island which included touring and climbing the lighthouse. This lighthouse was unique in that the stairs to the top (103) were wooden instead of the usual iron staircases found in most lighthouses. They seemed much easier to climb then most with generous landings. The last flight of stairs are straight... More 

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Thank M Q
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Old baldy is a great experience for any age. The stairs and entrance to the top are a bit scary and claustrophobic but it is cool to think that you are standing in the oldest light house in the state. To think that generations before you stood in that same light house is pretty cool considering North Carolina's rich pirate... More 

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Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review! We love it when visitors understand and appreciate the 200 years of rich history that Old Baldy has stood sentinel over. If you are back next year we are celebrating Old Baldy's bicentennial with exciting events almost every month. Stay tuned for our calendar of events at oldbaldy.org. More 

Mooresville, United States
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Wanted to see a lighthouse. We got to see it. Was somewhat underwhelmed by it all, but am still glad we went. It is not currently operating, but we knew that when we went. It was a tight squeeze getting to the very top, and it was quite warm up there. But what was disappointing once there was the fact... More 

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