Buxton is the highest point on Hatteras Island and home to the tallest lighthouse in the nation. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, known for its distinctive "barber pole" paint job was originally erected in 1797 as a beacon of light to help passing ships navigate the dangerous shoals as they passed along the coast. Tours are available to climb the historic Lighthouse beginning on the third Friday in April through Columbus Day. Full Moon tours are also available May through September.

The largest maritime forest on North Carolina can also be found here. Lots of live oak and cedar trees grow in the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve.  Spend some time walking along the Buxton Woods Nature Trail, or go and watch the kite boarders and windsurfers along the sound on the western edge of Highway 12 just North of Buxton. 

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Address: 46368 Old Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, NC 27920

Website: http://www.nps.gov/caha

Phone Number: (252) 995-4474

Located in Buxton, on Hatteras island, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is perhaps our nation’s most recognized lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built in 1870 and is America’s tallest lighthouse at 208 feet high. 248 steep iron stairs take you to the top of the tower where the panoramic views are astounding. The flashing light is visible for 20 miles on a clear night. To protect it from the encroaching ocean, the lighthouse made history in 1999 when it was moved to its current location. Open daily in season for climbing, with visitor’s center, restrooms and picnic tables on site.

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