This is for the environmental geek! The research is about the barrier islands of the outer banks and how they were formed and what the environment is changing and how it is going to change these islands in the future. You can take a guided tour or walk
Monday-Friday at 10am only from early June to mid-August.
This is the best picture I was able to get of the Corps of Engineers FRF - a blurry shot from the car of the tower sticking up over the grass and shrubs by the highway. There was a sign, but my digital camera couldn't be turned on fast enough to get it, because it always came up unexpectedly.
Its Pier is open for tours in the summer but since we were there in November we obviously could not take one. The 1977 pier was constructed to survive severe storm conditions. It extends 1840 ft from the dune to a nominal water depth of approximately 21 ft. The FRF does coastal studies and records the changing waves, winds, tides, and vehicles currents.
Tours are conducted M-F at 10:00 a.m. only and last approximately 1¹/² hours. No fee and no reservation required. Held rain or shine but will be canceled in event of thunder, lightening or a national disaster.
The gate will open at 9:30 a.m. and close promptly at 10:00 a.m. Arrivals after 10:00 a.m. will not be admitted. It is a walking tour on a sand trail and elderly or physically challenged visitors may find the trail difficult to navigate. Wear appropriate footwear, and leave all backpacks, camera bags, etc., locked in your car
Directions abstracted from the website are as follows: After crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge (over the sound) proceed a mile or so, until you come to the fifth red light. Turn left onto Rt. 12 and go about 7 miles north of the light, about 1/4 mile north of the big water tower on the left and "downtown" Duck, on the right. Pass Ships Watch and Sandy Ridge developments on the right. The entrance road is on the right marked by a gate and Field Research Facility sign. If you pass the Duck Volunteer Fire Department, you went too far.
The other main buildings is the 1986 tower which is 120 feet tall and is used to support radio antennae and video cameras. The larger inset picture was taken by the video camera at dawn on January 1, 2005 at the start of the new year. The URL is for a similar photo taken at the height of Hurricane Isabel in 2003
Many folks who come here in high summer only go to the beach. While it is less common to swim in the Currituck Sound (the water is murky and it drops off in a hurry), there are other opportunities for water sport such as boating and fishing. Those who are keen on sunsets will find the soundside as breathtaking as the sunrise over the ocean.
The Currituck Beach lighthouse in Corolla was built in 1875 and it stands at 163 feet (50 m.) tall. This lighthouse stands out as the one on the North Carolina coast that doesn't stand out. Down the way, the one at Cape Hatteras is painted white with black swirling stripes and the one at Bodie Island is white with black horizontal stripes. This one is just plain brick.