the Outer Banks'
Get away from
it all and escape to the northern
of the Outer Banks, known as Bodie
Island (pronounced body).
a relaxing vacation that is slower paced, laid back, and away from
hustle bustle of the city? Then Bodie Island is the perfect
Check out the great
No one really knows, but as the legend goes, the
about because of the countless bodies that were washed up along the
shore from scores of shipwrecks.
Since the 16th century, over 600
shipwrecks have occurred along the Outer Banks, and the area became
known as "The
Graveyard of the Atlantic".
plentiful along the North Carolina coastline to
warn passing ships of treacherous storms, sand bars,
and rip tides. The towns and villages on
Bodie Island include Corolla,
Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil
Hills, and Nags Head.
The island is home to two famous
the Bodie Island Lighthouse
and the Currituck
Bodie Island is linked to Hatteras
and the mainland by bridges. If
you follow the shoreline, the island is about 72 miles long.
Highway 12 is the main road traveled
throughout the islands, and ends
just north of Corolla. The area north of Corolla is only
accessible with a four-wheel drive
vehicle and you will see a sign that
reads "only 4 wheel vehicles allowed past this point".
rent a jeep, drive on the accessible
beaches, discover the awesome
sites, and find your favorite fishing spot!
Also, one of the most exciting things is
seeing the wild Spanish Mustang horses
roaming around! Driving on the beach
25 MPH, unless posted otherwise, where the paved road ends going north
By the way, don't forget to take your camera!
To get to the village of Corolla,
at the northern tip of the Outer Banks, stay on Highway 12 just before
Corolla has around 500 full-time residents, and is home
to the famous Currituck Lighthouse.
This is a quiet, quaint
village with a variety of great restaurants,
popular golf courses, a
nice little shopping center, and a movie theatre.
Beach Lighthouse in Corolla was the last brick lighthouse
built along the Outer Banks of North
It filled the last
"dark spot" along the North Carolina coast, is 162 feet tall and has
214 steps to the very top.
The lighthouse is open year round, but it is closed during high winds
and bad storms. A small fee is charged to climb to the top, but
it's worth every penny, the view is
spectacular! You can take
wonderful pictures of the Atlantic
Ocean and the Currituck Sound.
Also, near the Currituck Lighthouse is
another "must see" place to
visit while in Corolla.
can take a tour of the 21,000 square
restored "beach cottage" of Edward Collins Knight, Jr., known as
The home has a tiffany chandelier, baths of salt water or fresh water,
20 bedrooms and 15 baths! During the
depression, Knight was an executive with the Pennsylvania Railroad and
the American Sugar refinery. He and his wife decided to build
their vacation home in Corolla.
This is a wonderful tour where you can
view not only history, but outstanding architecture. This
self-guided tour takes
an hour or
two, and you are given an audio device to listen to full of interesting
facts. Since the 1920's, local
residents have called it the "jewel by the sea".
Hawk is a charming town located on Bodie Island. When most
people hear the name "Kitty Hawk",
they think of the Wright Brothers
and the birthplace of aviation.
The brothers from Ohio, had been searching for a remote area to try out
their invention and it needed to be a place that would be
inconspicuous, as to not draw attention from the public.
The perfect place would also have slopping hills where they could
launch the airplane, and winds around 15 miles per hour would be ideal.
In 1900, they decided on an
area near Kitty Hawk, called Kill Devil Hills. It was here, after
three years and many attempts, that Orville
and Wilbur Wright flew their airplane over the beach.
The Age of Aviation started right here with
their airplane traveling 120 feet in
12 seconds. In 1903,
the Wright Brothers changed the world
with their success, and because of their achievement, we are able to
enjoy air travel today!
The Wright Brothers Memorial
is located at the top of Kill Devil
Hills on Bodie Island in the Outer
Banks of North Carolina. The monument stands 60 feet high, and markers are also
displayed to show how far the first attempts went.
Also, you will
see a full-scale replica of
the Wright Brothers airplane on display. The memorial is open
everyday from 9am to 5pm, except Christmas.
Also, don't leave Kill Devil Hills without first taking a stroll on the
The Wright Brothers have
inspired many wind surfers and gliders
to the area to have their try at riding out the wind from the largest natural
sand dunes on the Atlantic Coast, at Jockey Ridge State Park.
The 420 acre park, with picnic facilities, is located in
nearby Nags Head, North Carolina.
The height of the sand dunes fluctuate with the weather and are between 80 and 100 feet tall!
Visitors can sign up for hang-gliding
lessons near the visitors center at Kitty Hawk Kites, a private
hang-gliding company. Book your reservations early so you don't
miss out ... the lessons do book up
the 1830's, the town of Nags Head was the first resort along the coast
of the Outer Banks.
If fishing is in your vacation plans, then
Nags Head is right up your alley with some of the best surf fishing on
the East Coast!
You will also find some great shopping at the
Outer Banks Mall!
Bodie Island, between Nags Head
and the Oregon Inlet you will
black and white horizontal striped Bodie
Island Lighthouse. It is 150 feet high and the beacon can be
seen 19 miles out over the Atlantic
Ocean flashing every 22
The keeper's quarters are now a visitor center and gift
shop where you can explore the history of the lighthouse, but the
actual lighthouse is closed for climbing.
Beside the lighthouse
is a nature trail through the marsh
where you can view a variety of wildlife
and bird watching. The visitor center is open from May through
about the town of Duck, North Carolina.
I suppose you're wondering where in the world did they come up with a
name like "Duck".
Well, just so you know, the name came about because of the large amount
of waterfowl that flock to the
It is located in the northern part of Bodie Island and is very
easy to find.
You are there when you reach the intersection of Highway 158 (the Bypass) and Highway 12 (the Beach
Duck has some of the top ranked beaches in the country and is
surrounded by the Currituck Sound to
the west and the magnificent Atlantic
Ocean to the east!
Unless you're staying in Duck, you won't be
able to enjoy the 7 mile stretch of
fantastic beaches because they do not have any public beach
access points. Because of this, the beaches are less crowded and
perfect for a Carolina Coast family vacation!
Finally, snuggled up between the towns of Duck and Kitty Hawk you will find a
luxurious, private residential community, called Southern Shores.
Tourists are attracted this area because of their hiking and bicycling trails.
And, like the town of Duck, Southern Shores beaches are private with no public access. Vacationers
have access to the beaches only if they are staying in town.
Association provides life-guarded
beaches from 10am to 6pm every day between Memorial Day and
Labor Day. Southern Shores also offers several award winning golf courses in the
We have given you a brief description of the Northern Beaches on Bodie Island,
but the only way to experience the magic of the Outer Banks is
to come visit! We want to share with you our heritage, history, and most of all, our beautiful surroundings!
Once you visit, you will always want to come back!
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