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Bald Head Island Lighthouse

101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
+1 910-457-7481
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Beautiful Old Baldy

If you make it to Bald Head Island, Old Baldy is a must see!!! For a small fee ($6 for adults, $3... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Expensive trip

1. You have to pay to park. 2. You have to pay to ride the ferry. 3. You have to walk to the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
High Point, North Carolina
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Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding area. Tickets available in the Keeper's Cottage, home to the Smith Island Museum of History and lighthouse gift shop.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“golf cart” (12 reviews)
“small museum” (11 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982
+1 910-457-7481
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you make it to Bald Head Island, Old Baldy is a must see!!! For a small fee ($6 for adults, $3 for youth, free for children under 3) you can climb the lighthouse, visit the mini historical museum and stay on the grounds for...More

Thank karolineb497
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

1. You have to pay to park. 2. You have to pay to ride the ferry. 3. You have to walk to the lighthouse (not too far but very poorly marked) 4. You have to pay for the hike up the lighthouse. It is worth...More

Thank ditzymudgirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the time I get on the ferry until I'm at the top of the lighthouse every step is worth it. Rent a golf cart and spend the day or rent a home and stay a few nights. Nice, clean, private beaches. Maritime forest is...More

Thank AlexJackSquirt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

108 Unair-conditioned steps. Still worth the climb. Awesome views. Museum was small but interesting. Old Baldy lighthouse was dusty and crumbling but is 200 years old so expected

Thank Donna W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely a gem. It's very rustic inside. It's wooden steps take you to the entrance to the top, the space you climb through to get to top is very narrow but well worth it. We were soaked with sweat because of heat and...More

Thank Tina z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The stairs and even doing it in the heat was worth the view from the top. We enjoyed taking time to check out the lighthouse. The history of it can be viewed as well. It was an interesting read.

Thank hseh
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

The bald head light house is a standard light house attraction. You can climb all the way to the top which is cool! It only takes about 30 minutes to tour it. It's easily accessible near the marina. You can take some great pictures in...More

1  Thank AuntTraci
Susan G, Manager at Bald Head Island Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our unique, special, 200 year old lighthouse! We are so happy you enjoyed the amazing views from the top and the many photo opportunities. We are very proud about the $300,000 worth of renovations we...More

Reviewed 1 May 2017

Even though it is undergoing renovation, it is a great spot to stop - enjoy the mossy oaks out front and read its history. Museum is interesting and would loved to have walked to the top!

Thank PriceKM
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Access to Old Baldy was greatly limited due to its ongoing renovations. Definitely call ahead to check on access.

Thank wonkavator
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Wonderful experience visiting old highthouse. We were able to climb uptop to have a wonderful view of the Island. It is a must visit place traveling through Outer Bank. Can't wait to take another Outer Bank trip.

Thank Mark G
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Hannah D
18 April 2017|
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Response from Mark G | Reviewed this property |
I would assume they are open; just in case call before heading out.
Cheryl L
26 March 2017|
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Response from Susan G | Property representative |
In August we are open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets in the gift shop. Easy 5 minute walk from the ferry.