Cape Lookout Lighthouse Opening

A coastal North Carolina lighthouse that's been closed for repairs is reopening after more than two years.

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is opening to the public Thursday after fixes to the spiral iron staircase and hand railing and other work. The repairs cost the federal government nearly $500,000.

The 151-year-old Carteret County lighthouse with the white and black diamond design still guides ships along the Core Banks. It stands near Morehead City on the sands of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The reopening means visitors can soon make the 12-story hike to the top of the staircase to see some of the best views of the Outer Banks.

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