When you travel to The Outer Banks, there’s nothing like spending the day at the beach. You can hear the waves crashing, embrace the endless ocean views, and feel the warm sun on your skin. Over time, our beaches experience natural erosion where the coastal weather breaks down the shoreline. To remedy this situation, Outer Banks beach nourishment operates as an initiative to protect the precious coast and slow down the process of erosion. Read more to discover what this means and how it will affect your next vacation! Once you’ve planned out your trip, don’t forget to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. Full of all of the best restaurants, attractions, and events, our guide makes planning your getaway easier than ever.

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Outer Banks Beach Nourishment: What You Need to Know

You may be wondering, “What exactly is Outer Banks beach nourishment?” Well, in short, it’s an environmentally safe and effective way to protect our coastline and communities. Read more about the process and what beaches will be impacted below!

About the Technique

Beach nourishment is a process of adding sand to an eroding coastline in order to widen the preexisting beach. The main goal of this ecological effort is to increase the effectiveness of defensive efforts against storms and natural erosion. Prolonging beach erosion can positively impact properties, buildings, and the integrity of oceanfront infrastructures. The newly laid sand can come from a variety of nearby sources including a sandbar, an inlet, a waterway or somewhere along the ocean floor.

Where Is it Happening

Upcoming beach nourishment plans include a project that will affect Nags Head beaches. Plans include the placement of sand on 10 miles of beach between Bonnett Street public beach access (mile post 11) and the town line with the National Park Service (mile post 21).

As of August 8, Beach nourishment construction continues to make progress towards the Outer Banks Pier near Mile Post 18.5 in the 8900 block of South Old Oregon Inlet Road. The construction will meet where the previous nourished beaches, just south the pier next week.

When Is it Happening

The Nags Head beach nourishment project will begin in May of 2019 and likely continue through fall of this year. The entire beach will not be under construction at once, so finding a great place to lay out in the sun is not going to be an issue. The full schedule of the project won’t be available until late April 2019.

More Beach to Love

If you want to stay up-to-date on everything that is happening, we encourage you to visit the More to Love Outer Banks Shoreline Management. You’ll see a helpful table and log of any developments in the process!

Relax in a Shoreline OBX Home

While the Outer Banks beach nourishment is going on, you can still enjoy the scenic beaches lining the barrier islands. We have gorgeous vacation rentals in every single one of the Outer Banks communities. So, from Corolla to Nags Head, the perfect beach is always waiting!

For example, Mio-Sea is a beautiful oceanfront property in Sanderling that features private beach access and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Start planning your trip now. You’ll be relaxing on the beach in no time at all!

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