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Visit Currituck Lighthouse

Updated on September 3, 2013

Currituck Lighthouse

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is home to five wonderful lighthouses. The northernmost light is found in Corolla and is called the Currituck Beach Light.

This lighthouse was constructed in 1875, as the last in three lighthouses designed to keep ships safe along a dangerous stretch of coastline. The three lighthouses are tall structures with Cape Hatteras standing at 193 feet, Bodie Island at 163 feet and Currituck at 158 foot.

The red brick of the Currituck light was left unpainted to help distinguish it from the other lights along the Outer Banks.

On our visit to the Outer Banks the Currituck was the last of the five lighthouses we would visit. I hope you enjoy this pictorial view of our visit to Currituck Beach Lighthouse Photographs by Mary Beth Granger

Currituck Lighthouse is Open to Public - visit the grounds and climb the lighthouse

The grounds of the lighthouse is covered with a grassy area and a nice walking path. There is a museum and gift shop in a separate building that it free to the public.

The day I visited there were several artists sitting on benches drawing the lighthouse.

You can also enter the lighthouse to see the inside of the tower for free, but there is a charge if you want to climb to the top. For more information on visiting the lighthouse go to Currituck Beach Light . They also have a nice video on their site.

Currituck Lighthouse Grounds

Currituck Lighthouse Grounds
Currituck Lighthouse Grounds

Mementos from Currituck

I always enjoy bringing home a small memento of my lighthouse visits. Here are a few you may like.

Hampton Nautical Currituck Lighthouse Decoration, 6"
Hampton Nautical Currituck Lighthouse Decoration, 6"

I collect miniature lighthouses so this would be the memento I would bring home.


Learn about the history of the lighthouses of the Outer Banks.

Heritage Puzzle Currituck Lighthouse Jigsaw Puzzle (550-Piece)
Heritage Puzzle Currituck Lighthouse Jigsaw Puzzle (550-Piece)

A jigsaw puzzle is a fun way to remember your trip.


Inside Currituck Lighthouse - Outer Banks Lighthouse

When you enter the lighthouse you first go down a narrow hallway. On one side is the place where you stop to buy your ticket and the other side has a room with a small display about lighthouses. As you proceed down the hall you enter the lighthouse tower and climb a few steps to the first landing.

Currituck Lighthouse Facts - first order fresnel lens

This display was located on the first landing of the lighthouse.

Inside Lighthouse Tower - a view up the winding stairs

This view shows the winding stairs to the top of the lighthouse. There are steps leading to the top where there is a platform surrounding the lens. Although, I didn't climb the stairs, I understand the view from the top is beautiful.

Currituck Lighthouse from Parking Lot

As we left the lighthouse, we drove around the parking area looking for a place to get a good view of the lighthouse. The area is surrounded with trees so it was hard to get a clear shot. This is the view through the trees from the back parking area.

Currituck Lighthouse Ornament

This glass lighthouse ornament gives a wonderful depiction of the Currituck lighthouse. You can see the natural brick that makes this lighthouse stand out from the others on the Outer Banks.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse near Corolla, North Carolina

Find directions to the lighthouse.

Corolla, North Carolina:
Corolla, North Carolina

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Have you visited the Outer Banks? - stop by and leave your comments

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    • jennabee25 profile image

      Jenn Dixon 

      4 years ago from PA

      I've been to Currituck Lightouse a few times and have quite a few photographs of it myself. :)

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      Gregory Moore 

      5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I've been all around it, but never visited the Outer Banks. I'd love to in the near future.

    • sittonbull profile image


      5 years ago

      Love the Outer Banks... a special and beautiful resource!

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Hm! We vacationed a coupe of times in Outer Banks...but I don't know this lighthouse, probably as we stay a little north then Cup Hatteras and we only visit the south part of the peninsula. So one more place to discover in future travels. Thanks and Happy Valentine Day

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Once a long time ago. I've never seen Currituck, though. Would love to someday.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      No, but I love lighthouses. Would love to travel to the Outer Banks because a friend of mine has been there and she raves about it. I love your beautiful photos, they're the next best thing to being there.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      No, and I've never been inside a lighthouse. I would love to do both! :)

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      6 years ago

      Never been there. I hope to get to the Outer Banks someday!

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      6 years ago

      Another beautiful lense from you. Featured on say-gudday-to-lighthouses

    • SayGuddaycom profile image


      6 years ago

      Another beautiful lense from you. Featured on say-gudday-to-lighthouses

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      7 years ago

      I hope to visit soon. I would love to see the Currituck Lighthouse. Great images.

    • norma-holt profile image


      8 years ago

      Another superb light house lens. beautiful pics and nicely presented. Top marks and lensrolled to Fun in the great outdoors.


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      8 years ago

      You know I am wondering an interesting thought! What would it be like to actually live in a lighthouse?

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      9 years ago

      I love the pictures on your lenses and I love lighthouses. There is just something about them for me. I think I have a longing for the East Coast after being a west coast girl all my life.

      Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Blessed!

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      9 years ago

      The inside is prettier than I expected! Thanks for taking me there with you!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed.

      We've had the opportunity to visit some great lighthouses in Canada.

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      9 years ago

      Another great lens MB. Your photos are really good.

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Beautiful lighthouse. Great presentation and information about the Currituck Lighthouse.

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      9 years ago

      Love all your lighthouse lenses. More great photos too.

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      Alisha Vargas 

      9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Beautiful! I especially love the pictures of the inside!

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      Dee Gallemore 

      9 years ago

      Great job on this lens and I l-o-v-e the image of the spiral staircase.

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      9 years ago

      Wow, this may be my favorite one yet!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love the pictures inside! Not sure I'd climb those winding stairs either, but I'd want to. Never been to the Outer Banks, but all these lovely lighthouses sure make it look attractive!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Beautiful! I love the winding stairs. I have never been inside a lighthouse before. This is a neat virtual tour. Thanks!


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