Can you climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse?
Yes, you can climb to the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The lighthouse is open for climbing seasonally, from the 3rd Friday in April through Columbus Day, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Climbing the lighthouse is limited to 30 visitors at a time, as the staircase is narrow with just a hand railing. Full Moon Tours are also offered.
Please note that Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is closed for climbing throughout 2023 due to ongoing restoration efforts, however, the lighthouse grounds are open.
How Many Steps Are in Cape Hatteras Lighthouse?
There are 257 steps from the base of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to the tower’s balcony level. This is about the same as climbing a 12-story building! The steps are narrow, but there’s a landing every 31 steps so you can catch your breath.