OBX 4 – Currituck Lighthouse

Our last stop in the Outer Banks was to the Currituck Lighthouse.  We drove through Duck, NC into Corolla Village.

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This red-brick lighthouse towers above the northern Outer Banks landscape and visitors can climb the winding staircase, 214 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks.

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The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is known as a first order lighthouse, which means it has the largest of seven Fresnel lens sizes. With a 20-second flash cycle (on for 3 seconds, off for 17 seconds), the light can be seen for 18 nautical miles. The distinctive sequence enables the lighthouse not only to warn mariners but also to help identify their locations. Like the other lighthouses on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this one still serves as an aid to navigation. The beacon comes on automatically every evening at dusk and ceases at dawn.

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To distinguish the Currituck Beach Lighthouse from other regional lighthouses, its exterior was left unpainted and gives today’s visitor a sense of the multitude of bricks used to form the structure. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was the last major brick lighthouse built on the Outer Banks.

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Lighthouse Facts

Number of steps: 214

Height to focal plane of lens: 158 feet

Height to top of roof: 162 feet

Number of bricks: approximately one million

Thickness of wall at base: 5 feet 8 inches

Thickness of wall at parapet: 3 feet

Position: 34 miles south of the Cape Henry Lighthouse (VA), 32 1/2 miles north-northwest of Bodie Island Lighthouse Coast Survey

Chart: 36° 22’36″ N latitude, 75° 49’51″ W longitude.

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