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Lighting the Way in North Carolina

By Linda Tancs

Ocracoke Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in North Carolina and the second oldest operating light station in the nation (surpassed by New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Lighthouse).  Built in 1823, the need to preserve its structural integrity prevents climbing, but the exterior views are just as enchanting.  For interior views, you can visit four other lighthouses adorning the Outer Banks:   Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras (the tallest lighthouse in North America), Currituck Beach and Roanoke Marshes.  The lights, however, aren’t the only things sparkling at night–tiny dinoflagellates kicked up in the beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore glow with a blue-green light.


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