Love of Lighthouses North American Lighthouses: Cape Hatteras Light

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Name: Cape Hatteras Light

Location (State or Province): North Carolina

Date Established: 1803 original tower, 1870 current tower

Optics: First Order Fresnel lens

Markings: white and black spiral bands with red brick base.

Range: 24 nautical miles

Characteristics: Short flash every 7.5 seconds

Elevation: 63m (198.5 ft)

Posted by Windigo on Mar 17, 2010 1:23 PM CST:
Travel Instructions:
From Highway 12, just east of the town of Buxton turn south to reach the Hatteras Island Visitor Center of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Be sure to visit the ring of granite blocks that marks the former site of the lighthouse, as well as the relocated lighthouse and dwellings. From Easter through Columbus Day, the lighthouse is open for climbing between 9 a.m. and roughly 5 p.m. Tickets to climb the tower can only be purchased on-site for that day and may sell out. The visitor center near the lighthouse and the museum in the keeper's dwelling are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the remainder of the year. Call (252) 995-4474 for more information.

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