Picture Perfect Weather on the Outer Banks

Bodie Island Lighthouse from the trail on the western side of the site.
Bodie Island Lighthouse from the trail on the western side of the site.

Usually when we write about the weather on the Outer Banks, it’s because there’s something nasty to report—hurricanes, n’or easters, that type of thing. Today, thankfully, we get a break from disaster reporting.

Not that we have to report on nasty weather too often, but it’s still nice to have something good to say.

The weather this weekend was spectacular. More like spring than mid February with temperatures almost reaching 70, deep blue skies and bright sunshine.

It was breezy, but the wind was from the west, keeping things warm and dry.

This was a day to be outside!

Bodie Island Trail
Dotted line marks the trail.
Dotted line marks the trail.

Looking for something different to do, Bodie Island Lighthouse seemed like the place to go. Rather than wander around the lighthouse, which is beautiful, the decision was made to take the path less traveled.

There’s a trail that goes out into the marshes as the Bodie Island Road loops back on itself. The trail begins as a dirt access road with a bar across the road keeping unauthorized vehicles out.

About a quarter mile down the road, there’s two bridges; one a modern looking construction that continues the road. To the left of it is a primitive looking bridge wide enough for foot traffic.

Take the bridge to the left.

There is a trail that wanders back into the marshes. At this time of the year, when staffing is low, it does not appear as though very much trail maintenance has been done, but the journey is worth the effort.

Trail entering a grove of trees on the Bodie Island Trail.
Trail entering a grove of trees on the Bodie Island Trail.

As the trail parallels the open marsh, specular views of Bodie Island Lighthouse appear. The marsh grass at this time of the year is a pale brown that waves in the wind. Small groves of trees are a spectacular green against that monochrome background.

There is a constant chorus of wind blowing through the grass and over the tops of trees. Mixed in with that is the chirp and songs of wrens and finches that spend their winters on the Outer Banks.

It truly is days like today that are reminders of how amazing the Outer Banks can be and the beauty that is so much a part of living here.

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