The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is reopening for climbing.

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is reopening for climbing.

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is reopening for climbing. Another sign that maybe, just maybe, life is returning to normal.

Located in the village of Corolla next the Whalehead Club, the lighthouse is 162’ high and has never been painted. Its red brick towering over the beach is as sure a signal to mariners as its light was at one time.

Currituck Beach was the last lighthouse built along the Eastern Seaboard, lighting a dangerous stretch of ocean between Cape Henry in Virginia and Bodie Island at Oregon Inlet. When it was lit in 1875, the first order Fresnel light could be seen 15 miles out to sea, warning sailors that they were approaching the Outer Banks.

The lighthouse is owned and operated by Outer Banks Conservationists, a nonprofit organization that includes Island Farm on Roanoke Island. The organization has spent considerable time and energy restoring the lighthouse and keepers’ homes to their original conditions.

Because of the time and expertise the OBC brought to the effort, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse grounds and building may be the most beautiful on the Outer Banks.

The View from the Top

The view from the top of the lighthouse is spectacular. On a clear day, looking toward the Atlantic Ocean, it truly feels as though the vista is limitless. Looking to the west, Currituck Sound spreads out to the north and south.

Looking northwest there is a small, green island. That’s Monkey Island, named for the Pamunkey Indians that used the islanders a hunting site. One of the last of the great hunt clubs of the hunt club era—the Monkey Island Club—rests in grand decay on the island.

There is a $10 fee to climb. It’s worth it. Social distancing is required as are masks.

There is so much to do and see on the Outer Banks that more than one visit is often needed. Plan your stays with Brindley Beach Vacation and enjoy all that this sandbar by the sea has to offer.