Area Information


Dare County was formed in 1870 and named in honor of Virginia Dare, the first child born of English parents in America.

Legend relates that early 18th century pirates such as Blackbeard developed their own unique method of land-based pirating. Leading horses with lanterns tied to their necks up and down the beach at night, they tricked ships offshore into mistakenly thinking the lights were other ships. They would then run aground and be quickly pillaged.

In the 1830s, plantation owners came here and bought land where they built the first beach cottage. Within 20 years, the area was a thriving settlement, and a massive resort called the Nags Head Hotel was built at the foot of Jockey's Ridge.

For many years before and after the Civil War, it was the focal point of summer activity until its demise in the 1870s when shifting sands claimed it. Local lore says the hotel is intact beneath 100 feet of sand.

America's oldest outdoor drama, "The Lost Colony," brings to life during the summers the story of the first English settlement in America.

The climate of the Outer Banks is tempered by the Gulf Stream with an annual mean temperature of 61.9 degrees. July is the average warmest month. The highest recorded temperature was 100 degrees in 1980. The average coolest month is January.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is an area known for its natural beaches and rich history. The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands midway on the Atlantic Seaboard. It is surrounded by 900 square miles of water and is the third largest estuary system in the world. Plenty of world-record fishing, golfing, nature trails and wildlife refuges are available.


Other attractions include Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 4 lighthouses, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the historic Whalehead Club, one of 3 North Carolina aquariums, the Roanoke Island Festival Park, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve.

America's oldest outdoor drama, "The Lost Colony," brings to life during the summers the story of the first English settlement in America.

Dare County Schools have state-of-the-art technology. A new Wright Brothers High School opened in Kill Devil Hills in 2004. A private school, the Wanchese Christian Academy, offers the A Beka curriculum through grade 12.

The College of The Albemarle serves the Outer Banks through 3 locations in Dare County, Elizabeth City and Chowan County, and the area is also served by Elizabeth City State University and East Carolina University.

The Outer Banks' first hospital is in Nags Head. Several other hospitals are nearby. The Regional Medical Center in Kitty Hawk provides 7 days a week urgent care and family medicine.

The beach is Nags Head's greatest asset and offers swimming, surfing, sunning and beachcombing. You can also snorkel famous shipwrecks, sail Sound waters, kayak rolling waves or soar over Jockey's Ridge in a hang glider. Witness wildlife through dolphin watches or by wetting a fishing line.

If you enjoy more low key activities you can bike or walk the town bike path or travel along a wooded trail. Family fun and kiddy thrills range from arcade extravaganzas and disco bowling blasts to go-kart races and rounds of golf or mini-golf. Nags Head has long been known for its beaches, history and tradition.

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