Cape Hatteras Lighthouse: Cape Hatteras National Seashore, April 2004 In 1999 to preserve the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from destruction due to beach erosion, the lighthouse was moved about a half mile inland to its present location. The lighthouse is open to the public and Rachelle and I took the 257 steps necessary to reach the balcony of the lighthouse. (via Robby Edwards’ Photos)