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Kitty Hawk Beach
It was on a stretch of beach in a desolate area called Kill Devil that the Wright Brothers found high dunes, strong winds and soft sand for hard landings.
"Success four flights Thursday morning..." starts their historic telegram dated December 17, 1903.
From that moment on, Kitty Hawk became the birthplace of aviation and forever associated with the Wright Brothers - although the flight actually took place from the base of Kill Devil Hill four miles further south.
Known as one of the gateways to the wide, undeveloped beaches of the Outer Banks, the once-tiny soundside village of Kitty Hawk is now a famous beach-cottage resort that extends from the Wright Brothers Bridge south to Kill Devil Hill.
With expansive beach, golf courses, great shops, and great fishing, Kitty Hawk has become hot property, particularly along its four miles of beachfront, which appears more developed than any other place on the barrier islands. This development has occurred to support the many visitors that vacation here each summer.
While Kitty Hawk's oceanside is home to a large selection of vacation rentals, family-run motels, restaurants, upscale accommodation, and shops, its sound side offers a complete contrast. If you venture off along the Albemarle Sound, you will find a village that remains a treat. Quaint cottages and fishing boats line a series of canals that lead to the open waters of the Sound. Life here takes on a more leisurely pace that is reminiscent of the way Outer Bankers used to live.
When you feel like driving along the shore, the Beach Road through Kitty Hawk is one of the few stretches on the entire Outer Banks where you can see the ocean from your car window. Travelling south along the beach, you will view a series of weather-beaten houses spectacularly close to the waves breaking in the surf. At high tide and in stormy weather, the waves crash under the pilings and wash out truckloads of sand. Almost every year a cottage collapses into the pounding surf. Once gone, they're gone as federal coastal management law now forbids building closer than 60 feet from a coastline's first line of vegetation.
Kitty Hawk has some of the best beach recreation in North Carolina. If it has anything to do with flying--hang gliding, kite surfing or paragliding--Kitty Hawk is the place for the active person who loves to defy gravity.
Nearly 2,000 permanent residents reside within the town's borders, however the population explodes in the summer as droves of visitors descend en masse to disappear momentarily into the carefree, beach lifestyle of Kitty Hawk and its people. Such a cherished getaway is habit forming; just ask any of the thousands of returning guests who would never consider going anywhere else.
Excellent deep sea fishing
Plenty of wildlife
Golf & Tennis
Take a Kayaking Ecotour
Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial where Wilbur and Orville first took flight.
Rent a Jet Ski or go Parasailing
Fly a Kite