The tallest brick lighthouse in the U.S., it protected one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Extending about 14 miles offshore from Cape Hatteras are the shallow, shifting Diamond Shoals, a hazard to near-shore navigation. By day or night, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse provided a navigational bearing, enabling ships to avoid the treacherous shoals. Due to ongoing restoration efforts, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse may not be available for climbing. Please check the website for climbing information.