Of the four lighthouses, the one that was most difficult to see was the one on Ocracoke Island. It's the smallest of the houses, but is surrounded by private property and has almost no parking. There is only enough space for four autos to park there, and no space at all if you have an RV (as we did). Try to park anywhere else and the notices to have your vehicle towed are all too apparent.
We ended up parking the truck and trailer beside a shop that was out of business. But even though it was shut permanently, we still almost got into trouble. The owner apparently lives down the street from the building and saw us park beside the shuttered business and had arrived on the scene just as we got back and drove away. We just missed having a tow truck pull up and cause us much despair.
|The Ocracoke Lighthouse. Surrounded by private property. Not the friendliest of the lighthouses to try to visit.|
|The Bodie Island Lighthouse. A National Park Service location and with ample parking opportunities.|
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse still serves as an active facility. We waited below one evening until the light came on to see it in action.