The natural beauty of the beaches on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is the main reason that visitors come here.  Relax and renew yourself, and catch up with friends and family on one of our many OBX beaches!

It’s important to be aware of beach safety.  Swimming in the ocean is not like swimming in a lake or pool.  Be sure to educate yourself and your family about Rip Currents.

Red Flags

When red flags are up, no swimming is allowed.

Lifeguards are on the beach from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend for all Outer Banks towns except Duck, where lifeguards are on duty from May 1 through October 31.  It’s always best to swim near a lifeguard.

Public Beach Accesses 

4WD

The 4 Wheel Drive Area is part of Corolla and begins just below the Virginia/North Carolina state line.  It is literally where the road ends and you have to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to drive on the beach.  This is where you’ll find the wild Spanish Mustangs that have roamed the area for hundreds of years.  The communities in this area include Swan Beach and Carova Beach.

 BH – Bath House  H – Handicap Parking  W – Wood Walkway to Beach  MP – Mile Post
 L – Lifeguard  S – Shower  PP – Paved Parking

 

Corolla

BH L H S W PP
Corolla Village Road
Shad Street
Sturgeon Street
Perch Street
Bonita Street
Sailfish Street
Southern Access

 

Beach Accesses for Duck and Southern Shores are only for town residents, renters and their guests.

The beaches in Duck are less crowded because there are no public accesses.  Each subdivision or community has been well planned so there is access to the beach.  Unfortunately, if you are not staying in Duck or Southern Shores, you cannot use their beaches.

Duck

10 am – 6 pm BH L H S W PP
Springtail
Barrier Island
Schooner Ridge Drive
Four Seasons
Plover Drive

 

Southern Shores

10 am – 6 pm BH L H S W PP
Hillcrest Drive
Chicahauk Trail

 

Kitty Hawk

10 am – 7 pm BH L H S W PP
Byrd St – MP 2
Fonck St – MP 2
Maynard St – MP 2
Bennett St – MP 2
Luke St – MP 2
Eckner St – MP 2.5
Bleriot St – MP 2.5
Wilkins St – MP 3
Hawks St – MP 3
Balchen St – MP 3.5
Lilian St – MP 4
KH Bath House – MP 4

 

Kill Devil Hills

10 am – 5:30 pm BH L H S W PP
Arch St – MP 5.5
Helga St – MP 5.5
Chowan St – MP 6
Hayman Blvd – MP 6
Walker St – MP 6
Eden St – MP 6
Fifth St – MP 6.5
Fourth St – MP 6.5
Third St – MP 7
Second St – MP 7
First St – MP 7.5
Asheville St – MP 8
Prospect St – MP 8
Glenmere Ave – MP 8
Woodmere Ave – MP 8
Ferris Ave – MP 8
Raleigh Ave – MP 8
Carlow Ave – MP 8
Sutton Ave – MP 8
Pinehurst Ave – MP 8
Ocean Bay Blvd – MP 8.5
Carlton Ave – MP 8.5
Oregon Ave – MP 8.5
Clark St – MP 9
Calvin St – MP 9
Martin St – MP 9
Atlantic St – MP 9.5
Neptune St – MP 9.5
Lake Dr – MP 9.5
Eighth St – MP 10

 

 

Nags Head

10 am – 6 pm BH L H S W PP
Eight St – MP 10
Albatross St – MP 10
Gallery Row – MP 10
Abalone St – MP 10.5
Admiral St – MP 10.5
Baltic St – MP 11
Barnes St – MP 11
Blackman St – MP 11
Bonnett St – MP 11.5
Bittern St – MP 11.5
Bladen St – MP 11.5
Bainbridge St – MP 11.5
Curlew St – MP 12
Hollowell St – MP 12
Conch St – MP 12.5
Small St – MP 13
Enterprise St – MP 14
Loggerhead St – MP 14.5
Town Hall St – MP 14.5
Epstein St – MP 15
Forrest St – MP 15.5
Gouse St – MP 16
Glidden St – MP 16
Gull St – MP 16.5
Gray Eagle St – MP 16.5
Gulfstream St – MP 16.5
Governor St – MP 16.5
Huron St – MP 17
Holden St – MP 17
Hargrove St – MP 17.5
Ida St – MP 18.5
Isabella St – MP 18.5
Islington St – MP 18.5
Indigo St – MP 18.5
Jay St – MP 19
June St – MP 19
James St – MP 19
Jacob St – MP 19
Juncos St – MP 19.5
Surfside Dr – MP 19.75
Limulus Dr – MP 20
Coquina Beach – MP 26