Bodie Island

Nags Head, North Carolina

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Just south of Nags Head is Bodie (pronounced body) Island. You won’t find a bridge, because it is no longer an island. Six different inlets have come and gone in the area between Bodie Island Lighthouse and Rodanthe. The name “Bodie Island” refers to the peninsula from Whalebone Junction to Oregon Inlet. I have been told that the area got its name from all the bodies that used to wash ashore from the shipwrecks. The current Bodie Island Lighthouse was actually the third to be built in the vicinity. The first was built south of Oregon Inlet in 1848. It lasted only ten years before another one had to be built. The second lighthouse, also located south of Oregon Inlet, was destroyed during the Civil War. The third lighthouse was finished in 1872, and is still operational today. Management of the lighthouse has just recently been transferred from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service. The marshes surrounding the Bodie Island Lighthouse are perfect for exploring by foot or by kayak. Although you are not allowed to paddle on the freshwater ponds, there are boardwalks in place for bird-watching and an interpretive trail.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

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Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

by Pam Malec (The Globe Pequot Press)

Just south of Nags Head is Bodie (pronounced body) Island. You won’t find a bridge, because it is no longer an island. Six different inlets have come and gone in the area between Bodie Island Lighthouse and Rodanthe. The name “Bodie Island” refers to the peninsula from Whalebone Junction to Oregon Inlet. I have been told that the area got its name from all the bodies that used to wash ashore from the shipwrecks. The current Bodie Island Lighthouse was actually the third to be built in the vicinity. The first was built south of Oregon Inlet in 1848.

It lasted only ten years before another one had to be built. The second lighthouse, also located south of Oregon Inlet, was destroyed during the Civil War. The third lighthouse was finished in 1872, and is still operational today. Management of the lighthouse has just recently been transferred from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service. The marshes surrounding the Bodie Island Lighthouse are perfect for exploring by foot or by kayak. Although you are not allowed to paddle on the freshwater ponds, there are boardwalks in place for bird-watching and an interpretive trail.

©  Pam Malec/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Nags Head
Distance: 7
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round, weather permitting
Local Maps: USGS: NC428 Oregon Inlet
Driving Directions: Directions to Bodie Island

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