The lighthouse and grounds were in an advanced state of decay until the 1980's, when the Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc. leased the site from North Carolina, and preservation effort began. Today the tower and grounds are in wonderful condition, and the tower is open for climbing. The Queen Anne style keeper's dwelling has also been beautifully restored on the exterior, and work continues on the interior. The view from the top is great, and the perpetual gale adds a touch of danger to the experience.
Currituck is open for climbing Easter through Thanksgiving.