Historic Outer Banks Lighthouse Shuttered by Florence Reopens for Symbolic Climb
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse will reopen for three days.
Not even the famous Cape Lookout Lighthouse made it out of Hurricane Florence unscathed. The Cape Lookout National Seashore reports that the historic Outer Banks lighthouse stopped operating after being damaged when Florence hit the Carolinas on September 14.
Now, as the region continues to cope with the storm's aftermath, the National Park Service has announced its plans to reopen the Cape Lookout Lighthouse to the public for three days, in a symbolic move "to celebrate the progress towards recovery from Hurricane Florence." According to a press release, climbers will be allowed inside October 5 through 8 free of charge.
The public climb season was originally scheduled to end on September 16, before Florence intervened. The lighthouse is usually closed to the public this time of year, which is technically considered the off-season. This will be the final opportunity for the public to climb the 159-year-old lighthouse in 2018.
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Climbing hours will be from 10:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can only be acquired in-person on the day of the climb.
Get climbing, y'all!