What Are the Top Things to Do in Colington Harbour?

Colington Harbour is a relaxing oasis and gated community that provides visitors and locals with a quiet escape yet easy access to the surrounding, lively coastal communities on the Outer Banks. As the largest subdivision on OBX, Colington Harbour features numerous amenities including miles of shimmering water on all sides, a handful of locally-owned shops and restaurants, and fantastic boating access. Colington Harbour is the perfect getaway for visitors seeking a pleasant, calming vacation.  

Along with the beautiful Colington Harbour, there are so many hidden areas of the Outer Banks that are often missed by the average traveler. As locals of the area, we want to share with you the Outer Banks’ best-kept secrets and the reasons we love to call this sunny paradise home. Download our free Vacation Guide for access to the best restaurants, activities, and attractions in the area. We know you’ll have the best vacation!

Here’s What You’ll Find in Colington Harbour

Although Colington Harbour is part of Kill Devil Hills, most visitors are unaware that it even exists, making it a peaceful escape with plenty of untouched natural beauty. Discover the unique opportunities on the tranquil island below.

The History of Colington Harbour  

Dating back to the Algonquin Native American culture, the Colington Harbour area is one of the Outer Banks’ first establishments. It is home to a maritime forest with access to the open water for fishing and great clamming opportunities. Confusion about the area often stems from tourists calling the area, “Colington Island,” instead of “Colington Harbour.” Technically, the area is comprised of two islands but is only referred to as the latter of the two names. Today, about 3,500 residents call the area home.

Things to Do in Colington Harbour

Colington Harbour is best known for its incredible boating access. Nearly every home in the area rests on the canal, and deepwater access makes this area ideal for boating. You’ll also find abundant opportunities for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and even windsurfing. Additionally, there are many soundfront areas with great sunset views over the Albemarle Sound.

One of the best ways to explore Colington Harbour is by car. Spend the afternoon catching gorgeous views as you wind along the curvy roads and sun-kissed hills that are unique to the area. Enjoy the stunning backdrop featuring sound views, marshlands, and maritime forests.

Residents of the neighborhood often join the luxurious Colington Harbour Yacht Club which offers a community clubhouse with soundfront views, two outdoor pools, tennis courts, and more. It’s also a popular space for celebrating special occasions, work retreats, and weddings.

Located on a nearby peninsula adjacent to the Yacht Club, residents and visitors can access the beautiful Colington Harbour Soundfront Park. Enjoy acres of sandy beaches, shady picnic areas, and a spacious swimming area. The gentle waters provide the perfect swimming spot for young children!

Other Things to Do in the Surrounding Area

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a must-see attraction when visiting the Outer Banks. This memorial commemorates the first flights of brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, who spent three years of their lives creating and finally launching their first power flight in 1903.

The Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is home to two of the largest active sand dunes on the East Coast and Nags Head Woods which features a diversity of animal and plant life unusual on the barrier island.

If you’re looking for a great fishing opportunity, then grab your gear and head to the Avalon Fishing Pier! If you’re an avid fisherman or just enjoy casting a line from time to time, make sure you stop by this beautiful pier.

Where to Stay

During your next Outer Banks adventure, be sure to plan a visit to Colington Harbour! At Shoreline OBX, we offer the best vacation rentals in the area, conveniently located in all the major Outer Banks towns. Our homes offer cozy living spaces, spacious decks, wonderful outdoor areas, and more! Book the perfect vacation house today and begin planning the ultimate trip.  

If you’re interested in purchasing a home in the Outer Banks, we also have real estate for sale that includes all the amenities of Colington Harbour! Contact one of our expert Realtors today to help you find the perfect home.