Outer Banks Area Info

The Outer Banks are the 200 mile long barrier islands off the North Carolina coast. With endless recreation, dining and entertainment opportunities, the Outer Banks is a major tourist attraction for beachgoers and vacationers around the world. Learn more about the Outer Banks below. We have provided maps, photos and informative write-ups on the towns, events and other details that make this area so special.

Map of the Outer Banks, NCClock in the small town of Manteo, North Carolina.From Corolla and Duck to Nags Head and Manteo, the Outer Banks offers a host of luxury oceanfront and waterfront homes.Ocracoke Lighthouse located in the southernmost part of the Outer Banks.Beautiful shot of the dunes in Duck, NC.While there are plenty of beautiful sunsets to be seen, we only included one sunset image in the gallery.A tranquil shot of the Kitty Hawk pier at dusk.A perfect day for surfing Cape Hatteras.Footbridge at the Whalehead Club in Corolla, NC.The historic Whalehead Club sits in the background.The grasses of the intracoastal go on for miles.Wild horses are common in Corolla, North Carolina which is in the northernmost area of the Outer Banks The Wright Brothers Monument, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.The Wright Brothers Memorial celebrates the first successful flight by a powered machine. a replica of the Wright Brothers airplane is seen here.Aerial of Nags Head, NCHerbert Bonner Bridge crosses Oregon Inlet. It is the only connection for Hatteras Island residents.Biking is a great way to get around your area. But, you'll need a vehicle if you plan on traveling to other areas. The Outer Banks is over 200 miles long.Bodie island lighthouse is a famous attraction in Cape HatterasBeautiful morning shot of Bodie Island lighthouse.Buxton from Cape Hatteras LighthouseCape HatterasThe Pea Island Coastguard Station.Wild ponies on Ocracoke Island.The distinctive Currituck Beach Lighthouse near Corolla.Dusk shot of the gazebo in Currituck Heritage Park in historic Corolla, NC.Elizabethan Gardens Fountain at the Fort Raleigh National Historic site on Roanoke Island in Manteo, NC.Entrance to the Elizabethan Gardens at the Fort Raleigh National Historic site on Roanoke Island.Historic ship Elizabeth II at Roanoke Island.Sport fishers lined up at the marina ready for the next adventure.Gorgeous sunset from a deck in Corolla.Hang gliding is a popular attraction at Jockey's Ridge State Park dunes in Kitty Hawk, NC.Evening fishing in Cape Hatteras.Aerial shot of Outer Banks Park in Corolla.Pier in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Corolla

For an engaging hands-on taste of history visitors make a point of spending time at the waterfront grounds of the Currituck Heritage Park. Here one finds The Whalehead Club, a restored magnificent home along the sound. Many couples have made these grounds their wedding destination. Also on the grounds are the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education with exhibits that connect visitors with the history of hunters, fishing and watersports on the northern Outer Banks and the Currituck Lighthouse providing a spectacular aerial view, while a soundside walkway and dock provide amazing marsh views! Not to be missed are "Under the Oaks" Arts Festival or the Fourth of July Fireworks both held at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla. Corolla is a modern beach destination in historic Currituck County!

Duck

From the July 4th Parade to the “Turkey Trot” at Thanksgiving and seasonal offerings such as the Duck Jazz Festival and shows at the Duck Town Park. This town knows how to relax and enjoy the finer things of life! Kayaking, biking, surfing and fishing are among countless things to do! The lure of surf fishing and the lore of hospitality in restaurants and shops draw out the best for recreation; don’t miss a visit to the Army Corps of Engineers Pier, well known for the giant “CRAB” (Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy) and its Field Research Facilities for waves and coastal studies.

Nags Head

Nags Head is a vibrant town with seemingly endless events and recreation opportunities. Annual events such as the infamous St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and the Frank Stick Memorial Art Show held on Gallery Row at Glenn Eure’s Ghost Fleet Gallery draw people year after year. The Village at Nags Head runs from ocean to sound and offers great indoor and outdoor space at the ocean for receptions. Large and moderate single family homes, investment properties, condos, and town homes bring a healthy mix of permanent residents and visitors seeking a seaside vacation and recreation to the town. The town boasts the only hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital, and a mix of local and franchised stores and restaurants. The Nags Head Golf Links is a Scottish links-style championship golf course is “nestled into the natural, windswept environment of the Outer Banks where sand dunes and rugged coastline create a different golfing experience.” Classic fishing piers (Nags Head Fishing Pier and the Outer Banks Fishing Pier) and Jeanette’s Pier (Historical landmark constructed in 1939 rebuilt and operated by the North Carolina Aquariums Society) emphasize the importance of recreational fishing. Locations such as the Windmill Point Outer Banks Events Site, Jockey’s Ridge State Park (tallest sand dune on the East Coast) attract locals and tourists for hang gliding lessons, kite festivals and the annual Seafood Festival to name a few. The Nags Head Elementary School is close by and there are many coffee shops, surf shops, restaurants as well as outlet shops at Tanger Outlet Mall. Beach Renourishment came to Nags Head a couple of years ago and has added value to oceanfront and beach properties, providing improved stability along the coastline. Nags Head is also a destination wedding favorite!