About Buxton North Carolina

The town of Buxton is home to the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse which is the tallest operational brick lighthouse in North America, sitting at over 200 feet tall. The lighthouse is open to the public and features a Visitors Center and nature trail. The 3,000-acre Buxton Woods is a maritime forest and is perfect for a relaxing hike beneath the canopy of towering oaks.

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Buxton Highlights

  • Lifeguard Station
  • Beachcombing
  • Man Made Jetties
  • Nature Trails

Best of Buxton on the Outer Banks

  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  • Cape Point
  • Canadian Hole & Kite Point
  • Popular Surfing Destination

Learn More About Traveling to Buxton

Need directions? Find your way from any area here. Directions to the Avon Office: As you leave Nags Head, this office is located 25.7 miles South of the traffic light at the intersection of the US 158 Bypass and Highway 12 South at Whalebone Junction. The office is located on the east side of Highway 12, just north of the United States Post Office in Avon. The Avon Office is located between mile markers 41 and 42.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Buxton

Yes, Conner's Supermarket. It is a small family owned and operated grocery store located just South of the Osprey Plaza. If you need more options you can drive north to Avon to visit the Food Lion, the only chain grocery store on the Island.

Yes, seasonal schedules from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The lifeguard station is located at the old lighthouse beach.


They can be found all over the island. Learn how to identify shells you find and beachcombing tips on our blog.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is normally open from the third Friday in April through Columbus Day. Climbing hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm daily. Tickets are required.   Learn what to expect, safety rules & much more on the NPS website here

Driving on the beach takes a little planning and preparation, so here's a short 5-step primer to help you out. "Outer Banks Beach Driving Guide, Tips & Tricks"

Get up to date Beach Access information on the NPS website and Facebook Page for up to date ramp closures and helpful information.

Yes, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse a .75 mile looped nature trail is found just across from the lighthouse on Lighthouse Road.
British Cemetery Located just past the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the wide trail near the British Cemetery extends all the way to the town of Frisco.
Flowers Ridge Road and Water Association Road These two residential roads in Buxton have several trailheads and access points.
Old Doctors Road Located in Buxton, this road and its subsequent access points are best accessed by a 4WD vehicle.
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