The Beaches of North Carolina Outer Banks - Corolla Beach, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Cape Hatteras, Ocracoke Island, Roanoke Island

North Carolina Outer Banks Beaches, Islands and Travel Information

The Outerbanks of North Carolina are 175 miles long. Not all beaches have lifeguards so be cautious. The main roads leading into the Outerbanks are US-158 or the Croatan Highway and NC-12 or the Virginia Dare Trail or Beach Road

North Carolina has the 2nd largest ferry system in the US.

Reservations are recommended for the Cedar Island Ocracoke ferry and the Swan Quarter Ocracoke ferry. Northern Outerbanks and Beaches consist of Roanoke Island, Bodie Island, Hateras Island and Oracoke Island. The Outer Banks is known as the Billfish capital of the world and the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina are 175 miles long. Not all beaches have lifeguards so be cautious.

Alligator River National Wildlife refuge - Dare county mainland - wetlands. The Outer Banks is the northernmost habitat of the American Alligator.

The Outer Banks contain Cape Lookout, Cape Hatteras, Buxton, Corolla, Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Manteo, Nags Head, Rodanthe, Roanoke Island, Bodie Island, Hatteras Island and Oracoke Island.

Bodie Island Lighthouse, Oregon InletBodie Island is located on NC 12. There is a visitor center, lighthouse, boats, picnic areas and docks. Oregon Inlet offers  fishing center, marina and campground. Coquina Beach is located here.

cape hatteras national seashore north carolina beach pictureCape Hatteras Island  is located off US 12. Towns on Cape Hatteras include Rodanthe, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras, Salvo and Waves. There is a visitor center, fishing piers, a marina, a lighthouse, a campground and a historic district. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at Cape Point near Buxton NC built 1803. Cape Point Campground is located near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Historic District. Frisco Campground has beautiful ocean views. Chicamacomico life saving station is at Rodanthe. See shipwreck exhibits, artifacts and life saving equipment exhibits. LiLittle Kinnakeet life saving station is in Avon. Frisco Native American museum and natural history center off NC 12. See artifacts, tools, information on Native American religion, origins and more. Buxton NC Hotels

Cape Lookout is a National seashore.

Colington Island is south of Kill Devil Hills off US 158. There are shops and campgrounds.

sea turtles swimming in the oceanCorolla has the Northernmost lighthouse of the Outerbanks North Carolina. It is called the Currituck Beach lighthouse. Sometimes this lighthouse is referred to as the Corolla North Carolina lighthouse. The Currituck Beach lighthouse was built in 1873. It is 162 ft high and has 214 steps to the top. The lighthouse is still in use. Tours of the lighthouse are available. The Whalehouse club is close to the Currituck lighthouse. Built in 1925 the home is on the national register of historic homes. Tours are available. The area is known for the Wild ponies of Corolla which are thought to be descendents of horses that were on a Spanish Galleon that sunk off the coast centuries ago. for lodging see Corolla NC Hotels

Crystal Coast - Atlantic Beach area.

Duck NC is located north of Cape Hatteras. The town has lots of art galleries. The US Army corps of Engineers field research facility is located on Beach at Duck. The facility monitors currents, tides, waves and winds. tours. for lodging see Duck NC Hotels

wrights brother Kitty Hawk memorial at Kill Devil Hills North Carolina beachKill Devil Hills off US 158. Attractions include the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The visitor center has an exhibit of a full scale reproduction of the gliders used by the Wright brothers. On December 17, 1903 in the Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills area on the Outerbanks North Carolina,  Orville manned and managed to get a glider into the air. Kill Devil Hills is where the glider flights were launched. for lodging see Kill Devil Hills Hotels

Kitty Hawk offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking rental equipment. There is a fishing pier and a welcome center. | Kitty Hawk NC Hotels

Nags Head is a popular resort with quite beaches. The beach town has lots of art galleries. activities: swimming, fishing, water sports Nags Head Hotels. Nags Head Wood Preserve is a Maritime forest and a national natural landmark. The preserve is located on the western shore of Nags Head. Jockey's ridge State Park located at Nags Head US 158 -  tallest sand dune (140 ft high).  You can go Kite flying and hand gliding here. there are hiking trails. no camping permitted. Nagshead fishing pier has a restaurant on pier. In October the fishing pier hosts the Nags Head Fishing Club invitational tournament.

  • October events: Stunt Kite competition
  • May:: Hang Gliding and air games.

Colington Island is south of Kill Devil Hills and is the location of the first permanent settlement on the Outer Banks North Carolina.

Ocracoke Island  is accessible by the ferry from Hatteras Island. It was named one of the top ten best beaches in the US. Attractions include a lighthouse, wild ponies, shops, camping, marinas, water sports, fishing. The Oracoke Village is located around Silver Lake. The Ocacoke Lighthouse was built in 1823 and is 75 ft height; Ocracoke Campground is set close to the ocean on Ocracoke Island. Tents and Rvs

Roanoke Island - historic sites, hiking trails, boating tours, charter fishing. Roanoke Island's largest town is Manteo. Home of the actor Andy Griffith. There are no major beaches located on Roanoke Island. The closest beaches are at Nags Head. Major towns on the Island are Manteo and Wanchese. Manteo NC Hotels. Roanoke Island is the location of the first English settlement in 1585 by Sir Walter Raleigh and named Fort Raliegh. The settlement failed. When ships from England returned, they found no trace of the settlement and it remains a mystery what happened to the settlers. The Lost Colony is an outdoor drama that tells the story of the first English Colony.

Southern Outer Banks

Atlantic Beach is a popular resort town with historic sites, piers, fishing, marina, golf.

Beaufort is the 3rd oldest city in NC off US-17.

my children at fort macon near atlantic beach north carolinaCrystal Coast contain the towns of Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Pine Knoll Shores, Emerald Isle, Salter Path and Fort Macon.

Havelock - between New Bern and Atlantic Beach, close to Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station.

Pine Knoll Shores is close to Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Morehead City.

Morehead City is close to Beaufort and Atlantic Beach.

Nearby, Inland, Northern Coastal Plain - closest beaches are on the Outer Banks

Bath is noted for the Hoof prints of Bath and at Goose Creek Park US 264. The Hoof prints of Bath is a strange phenomenon of depressions in the earth said to be the hoof prints of a horse delivering a man to hell.

Edenton is close to Plymouth, Creswell, Lake Phelps, Windsor. Attractions include historic sites.

Plymouth is close to Edenton.

Elizabeth City is the location of the Coast Guard Center. Attractions include art galleries, historic districts, marinas and museums.

Outer Banks, North Carolina Beaches