Cape Lookout Lighthouse open to climbers

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The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open to climbers Wednesdays through Sundays at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 03:25 PM.

As summer hits the Crystal Coast, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse proves a beacon for visitors looking to get a bird’s-eye view of Core Banks.

The lighthouse opened for climbing last month and remains a popular attraction for those who make the 207 steps to the top.

The lighthouse has seen some damage to the outside from sand scouring, most recently during Hurricane Sandy in October, but is safe to climb and ready for visitors for another season.

The only change for visitors planning to climb is in the system for getting tickets. Due to cuts in funding, there will not be a seasonal position available to handle reservations.

"Part of the sequestration we had to eliminate certain positions," park official Wouter Ketel said.

This season, tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The lighthouse will be open for climbing four days a week — Wednesday through Saturday — through Sept. 21. Climbs begin every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with a limit of 10 people per tour.

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