The Old Baldy Lighthouse and Smith Island Museum of History provides guests a self-guided tour of North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse. Inside the keeper's cottage is the admissions/tickets desk, gift shop, museum, and restroom facilities. 

2019 Hours

January 1, 2019 - March 1, 2019 CLOSED
March 1, 2019 - May 27, 2019


Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm**

Sunday: 11am - 4pm**

May 27, 2019 - September 30, 2019


Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm**

Sunday: 11am - 5pm**

October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

 Monday (only in October)- 10am-4pm**

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm**

Sunday: 11am - 4pm**

**Tickets to climb Old Baldy not sold 30 mins prior to closing


Please purchase tickets to Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum of History inside the keeper's cottage. 

Adults: $8

Youth (Ages 3- 12): $5

Under Age 3: Free 


Smith Island Museum of History

Located inside the keeper's cottage at Old Baldy Lighthouse, the Smith Island Museum of History orients guests about Bald Head Island's historical significance. Artifacts from the Old Baldy Foundation's collections rotate on exhibit inside the museum.

Old Baldy Lighthouse

Climb 108 stairs and 5 landings to reach the top of Old Baldy Lighthouse and its breathtaking view of the Cape Fear River estuary. Climbs of Old Baldy are self-guided, unscheduled during business hours, and at your own pace. Located inside the lighthouse's foundation are other artifacts on exhibit. 

Lighthouse Grounds

Admission onto the Old Baldy Lighthouse grounds requires a ticket. Enjoy this beautiful spot on Bald Head Island which features picnic tables, a nice lawn, the lighthouse's Oil House, interpretive signs, and a very old live oak tree! 

Guided Tours

Seeking more out of your experience? Consider taking one of the guided tours offered by the Old Baldy Foundation for an additional fee. Check out the tour page for more information.