Outer Banks Town of Kitty Hawk, NC

August 7, 2018 7:19 pm

Kitty Hawk Welcomes You

As you enter our barrier island from the Currituck Mainland, on the way to checking in at Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, you pass through the Town of Kitty Hawk. We’d like to share some of the highlights, of our neighboring coastal community, that make Kitty Hawk NC so special.

Kitty Hawk Beach Information

Beach Accesses

Outer Banks Town of Kitty Hawk, NC

The Town of Kitty Hawk strives to provide a clean and safe public beach not only for our visitors but also for the full time residents. Located just south of the intersection of Kitty Hawk Road and NC 12 are two public parking lots: Kitty Hawk Bath house with traditional restroom facilities; and Byrd Street that has a port-o-potty. There are many other public beach accesses, with parking available at the following places:

  • Balchen Street
  • Bennett Street
  • Bleriot Street
  • Fonck Street
  • Hawks Street
  • Lillian Street
  • Maynard Street
  • Wilkins Street

Rules of Kitty Hawk Beach:

  1. No driving on the beach
  2. No glass on the beach
  3. No fires on the beach
  4. Motorized watercraft cannot be launched from the Atlantic Ocean beach
  5. Surfers must attach a surfing leash from themselves to their surfboards

Lifeguard Stands on Kitty Hawk Beach

Beach goers visiting Kitty Hawk’s beach are protected by Ocean Rescue, which is a division of the Fire Department. Ocean Rescue performs lifeguard and ocean safety duties from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and it works to inform the public on ocean safety year-round. This dedicated team of professionals does more than continually train. They continually educate by creating safety videos and printed brochures and posters on ocean safety. Swimming in the ocean is prohibited when the red “No Swimming” flags are posted due to the risk of rip currents. Violation of the “No Swimming” flags can result in a $250.00 fine.

There are fixed lifeguard stands at the following beach accesses:

  • Byrd Street
  • Eckner Street
  • Kitty Hawk Bath House
  • Lilian Street

There are also roving lifeguards on ATVs. Ocean Rescue personnel are on duty from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. And from Labor Day to September 30, Ocean Rescue Staff will be on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Kitty Hawk also has a handicap accessible public sound access at Windgrass Circle. It has parking and is open from sunrise to thirty minutes past sunset.

Dogs on Kitty Hawk Beach

Since Kitty Hawk Beach is a public beach, dogs are permitted. Owners must be in possession of a bag or container for waste removal at all times. Beginning the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. dogs must be on a leash not exceeding 6 feet. At all other times during the year, dogs must be restrained on a leash retractable to 12 feet.  Dogs may be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach. Unleashed dogs must be controlled by the owner or handler, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times. A leash must be with owner/handler at all times.

The Dare County SPCA has created “Safe Pet Vacation Kits”. They have supplied all the town halls with these kits. Safe Pet Vacation Kits include information on what to do if you are separated from your pet while on vacation. There is a temporary dog tag that you can add to your dog’s collar. The kit also contains a wealth of helpful information and contact numbers in the event of a fur-baby emergency.

The Preserve at Kitty Hawk Woods

Now moving from the beach side of Kitty Hawk to the sound side, is The Preserve at Kitty Hawk Woods. The Preserve is situated on over 1,800 acres of maritime forest known as Kitty Hawk Woods. It is an RV park designed for year-round living or vacationing.

The Preserve at Kitty Hawk Woods has a 3-month residency minimum for tenants. Spacious sites ranging from 30 feet to 100 feet wide offer 31 full hook-up RV sites. City water, sewer, trash and site-specific mailboxes are included in the lease. Tenants are responsible for electric, cable, and internet services.

The Preserve boasts over 5 miles of biking, running and walking trails; linkages to other paved bikeways; and over 8 miles of kayaking canals along the Albemarle Sound. You can bike to retail and restaurant locations via the Kitty Hawk path directly across from the entrance to The Preserve. You can also bike all the way to the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. The Preserve is also a great place to walk your dog. The towering hardwoods provide a nice canopy of shade for dog walking.

Sandy Run Park

Sandy Run Park was developed by the Town of Kitty Hawk and dedicated in 2007. It is located directly across the street from The Preserve at Kitty Hawk Woods. Still located within the maritime forest of Kitty Hawk Woods, Sandy Run Park comprises 16 acres of beautiful landscape. It has cookout facilities, picnic areas, a covered pavilion, canoe and kayak launch, bird watching sites, and nature walking trails. This is a perfect location for a family cookout or to host a child’s birthday party. Aspiring nature photographers or writers will have plenty of subjects from which to choose from, while exploring all that Sandy Run Park has to offer.

The Monument to a Century of Flight

No visit to Kitty Hawk would be complete without admiring The Monument to a Century of Flight. This public monument recognizes the significant accomplishments and milestones in aviation history. It sits on state-owned land adjacent to the Aycock Brown Welcome Center. The Monument is maintained as a public park, open and accessible to all without an admission charge.

The official Groundbreaking for the Monument to a Century of Flight was held on June 17, 2003, at the site in Kitty Hawk. Officials from the Town and representatives from Dare County, NC, joined in the dedication of ground for a sculptural monument celebrating flight. The Monument’s essential structure consists of fourteen wing-shaped stainless-steel pylons ascending in height from 10 feet to 20 feet in an orbit of 120 feet, the distance traveled by the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright in that historic “first” flight on December 17, 1903.

The brick pattern courtyard was designed to adapt to the oval shape and provide maximum strength. The initial installation included over 3,000 bricks that have been inscribed with sponsors’ names or messages. Near the entrance marker to the Monument, a vault was installed for a Time Capsule to be opened in the next century by the people of 2103.

The orbit of pylons culminates in a center bronze dome. The dome is six feet in diameter, depicting the continents of earth joined by a centennial message coming from Kitty Hawk. The monument was dedicated on November 8, 2003.

A Day in Kitty Hawk

Like other communities of the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk North Carolina is rich in history, beauty, recreational opportunities and an array of restaurants from which to choose. Speaking of food at Kitty Hawk restaurants: you can dine indoors or outdoors on cuisines from seafood to tacos to pizza and subs. Traditional American fare can be enjoyed from a walk-up burger stand to a fine dining restaurant. There is much to experience in Kitty Hawk as you day-trip from Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront. The beautiful beach, the serenity of The Preserve and Sandy Run Park and the legacy of human potential celebrated at The Monument of a Century of Flight will inspire everyone in a different way and that is the essence of Kitty Hawk, NC.