Kill Devil Hills Travel Guide

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Kill Devil Hills Highlights

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     Ocean, sweet beaches, not built up. 

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     I Needed More Time 

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     A lovely place to stay 

Kill Devil Hills Things to Do

  • Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

    This 1,100-acre preserve in Dare County is owned by the Nature Conservancy in conjunction with the towns of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, and protects one of the few remaining maritime forests along the Outer Banks from development. Two large sand dunes, Jockey's Ridge to the south and Run Hill to the north protect the forest from the ocean...

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  • Take a Picture

    According to the NPS website:"Professional photographs of the Wright Brothers Visitor Center tend to exaggerate its modern features by emphasizing the shell roof. With the barren site as a backdrop, all sense of proportion is lost. Drawings are equally deceptive. Even written descriptions distort the building's image by focusing on its relationship...

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  • Avalon Fishing Pier

    For those who prefer catching the big one over catching a tan, there is the Avalon Pier.The 700 foot (213 m.) long pier was built in 1958.For a live camera shot of the area around the pier, click on the website below. If you have a sound card on your machine, turn up the sound so you can hear the waves crashing around the pier.

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  • Wright Brothers National Monument

    Here, on a blustery December day in 1903, the Wright Brothers set out to do what many others had tried to do. Everyone else had failed, and many doubted that it could, or should, be done. But they did it. They launched the first successful heavier-than-air craft, their flyer. The sea breeze is constant, and local people were accomodating. They...

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  • The Beach and Sand Dunes!

    The beaches are nice here! They are not very crowded and the sand dunes are beautiful. We stayed at a motel on the beach so we had a lot of time to enjoy it!

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  • Wright Brothers Monument

    I am so happy that we stopped here. The museum is free and is filled historical information on aviation. I believe that it may have cost like $2 per person to enter. We walked from the visit center to the top of the Monument, we weren't aware that you could park at the bottom of the hill. It was a long walk but so worth it, the view at the top was...

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Kill Devil Hills Hotels

  • Sea Ranch

    1731 N. Virginia Dare Trail, PO Box 325, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Outer Banks Inn

    1003 S. Croatan Hwy. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 27948, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Days Inn Oceanfront Wright Brothers

    201 North Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, 27948, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Kill Devil Hills Restaurants

  • Wind-Powered Brewery

    Outer Banks Brewing Station is America's first wind-powered brewery and pub. It's right along US-158 and you can't miss the wind turbine. The food and beer here were very tasty and the service was pretty good. We stopped for dinner during the off-season in the winter and they were still pretty crowded. I had a burger and it was good and my wife had...

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  • Good BBQ on OBX

    We were staying in Kill Devil Hills and asked our AirBnB host about this place, after seeing the sign driving in. It was in December and a lot of places are closed for the season. Our host was pescatarian, so didn't eat pork, but said he had other guests who liked this place, so we gave it a try. We were very pleased with the food. My wife and I...

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  • Eat and Get the Hell Out

    I took this picture because my husband's name is Bob, and because of the motto. It was too far from where we were staying for us to come down here for dinner, and we were never in the area at lunchtime either.I have copied parts of a review from the website listed.Open every day all year. Closed from 2:30 to 5:00 P.M. daily "Bob serves big, cheap...

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  • Seafood with a Southwestern Twist

    Here is a small, modest "hole-in-the-wall" place that serves up a combination of seafood and Southwestern cuisine. It's also a combination of good cooking and friendly service. I had the seafood enchilidas. Very nice.

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  • vulgar dive

    We pulled in this joint because my kid's thought the name was funny. The name did not bother us at all. The service was good, prices OK, the food was eatable but not as good as the place next door. Ordering was complex.The problem is the "Eat and get the hell out " slogan. It is fine on T - shirts but when you get to checkout you find it in your...

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  • Pigman's Barbecue

    Their hush puppies are out of this world. For those of y'all who have never heard of hush puppies, they are fried balls of cornbread. The good ones, like these, have onions mixed in the batter. Pork barbecue platter with baked beans and their own recipe for hush puppies has become a tradition for the first night in the Outer Banks.

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Kill Devil Hills Nightlife

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    Nice sunset toward the bay

    by tpangelinan Written Jun 15, 2003

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    There is no night life in the Outer Banks, which is why it is a wonderful spot to play games, rest and relax with your family, friends or whoever.

    Dress Code: El Casual, Baby, yea!!

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Kill Devil Hills Shopping

  • Not to be confused with the craft shop

    Ben Franklin is a department store, not to be confused with a chain of crafts stores with that same name. You can find beach supplies, t-shirts, souvenirs, all sorts of clothing, discounted fishing tackle. I used to collect Matchbox cars during the 1980s and I always found something unique here. My brother was more interested in beach balls and...

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  • Forbes

    Forbes' 70-year-old recipes are still used to cook delicious fudge, mouth-watering pecan delights and many more tasty candies. They also carry a large selection of gifts, shell items, toys, and less tacky souvenirs. Both locations are "family fun" shops to visit.

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  • Seagate North

    Just north of our rented cottage (where we stayed in the early 1980s), there was this strip mall called Seagate North which primarily sold souvenirs and beachwear. It is full of a variety of locally owned shops. From formal wear to pet parking (at Cyber Dog USA: a holistic pet store- you know the Outer Banks have gone upmarket now!), DVD rentals,...

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Kill Devil Hills Local Customs

  • Mile Markers

    The whole island is divided into mile markers. As you drive along you will see them posted well. Everthing is advertsed as So-and-So road, Mile Post whatever. And if you want to have a pizza delievered, you'd better know your closest mile marker, believe me!

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  • The Avalon Fishing Pier

    Mike recalls as a small child traveling with his parents. He and his brother couldn't wait to come to the Avalon Peir at night to play arcade games. His father fished there all day. That was over 20 years ago, and the pier still stands...go see it.All photos on Kill Devil Hills are the courtesy of Michael Sullivan.

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  • Grab your best crew....

    And your favorite brew....And head to Nags Head!!!!You CAN NOT GO WRONG HERE!!!Here we are with our benefactors...before we left to walk 15 freakin blocks to Awful Arthur's

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Kill Devil Hills Warnings and Dangers

  • If there is no Life Guard

    Stationed right in front of your hotel or house, walk up the beach a little, you will find one and swim there if you feel unsure of your ability. (During the peak season, May-August)It is best to ask when booking your dwelling, if it is a real safety issue for you.

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  • The under-toe is no joke here.

    High waves, some as high as 6', and a strong under-toe make a real hazzard for small children swimming. Lots of North Carolina beaches have no life guard handy. One must keep small children and even the very best swimmers under close watch at all times.

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  • Kill Devil Hills Hotels

    23 Hotels in Kill Devil Hills

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Kill Devil Hills Off The Beaten Path

  • Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo

    First we saw a movie about the first few English ships that came to Roanoke Island and involved three native American's from three tribes - Manteo, Skyco and Wanchese. (Those are the three towns on the island.) The Elizabeth II was down in Wanchese having been hauled for repairs.We walked around the reconstructed village, watched the blacksmith...

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  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

    If you are going to drive down to Bodie Island, it isn't much farther to go across the Bonner bridge to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge * Pea Island Visitor Center is open 9-4 daily. It offers two wildlife trails that are open year round during daylight hours and are fully disabled-accessible. One of the North Pond Wildlife Trail is a...

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  • Elizabethan Garden on Roanoke Island

    The admission there was $7 for seniors, but we could get a combination pass for $17 that would admit us to the gardens, the aquarium and the festival park.Then we walked the mile line trail in the garden. This is a garden in honor of the first colonists. It has many modern plants, so I don't know where the Elizabethan part comes in. They do have...

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Kill Devil Hills Sports & Outdoors

  • Oregon Inlet

    This is billed as the home of the largest and most modern fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard. Listed are the boatsBLUE DEVILCAPT. B CCAPT'N DUKECAROLINIANCAST-AWAYD.O.A.DÉJÀ VUDREAM GIRLDROP-N-BACKFIGHT-N-LADYFIN-GALLEYFINTASTICFISHIN FRENZYFISH-N-FOOLFLAT OUTFLY GIRLFULL DRAWGAL-O-MINEHAV'N-A-BALLHIGH RETURNHOOKERJACQUELINE ANNEMADD HATTERMISS...

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  • Hang Gliding at Jockeys Ridge

    Jockeys Ridge is a Park in Kitty Hawk that resembles more Desert than Ocean. The Large Dunes serve as a training ground for Hang Gliders. It's a chance to relive the Wright Experience in a modern setting.The Park is also great to poke around with. In addition to the Dunes, there are some trails as well. There was no shade to be found and it was...

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  • Avalon Fishing Pier

    I also have this as a must-see activity, but I use this slot so I could get all the fishing information in.PRICE: day- $8 for adults, $4 children (12 and under) 3-day pass- $20week- $40season pass- $135HOURS: summer- 5am- 2amspring/autumn- 6am-10pm BAIT SOLD ON PREMISES3 rod limit, no shark fishing, tackle hired $5 per day with a $40 deposit for...

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Kill Devil Hills Favorites

  • Visible from A Long Way Off

    The Outer Banks typically are low lying islands. That makes them a good place for lighthouses. Lighthouses are a particular favorite of mine and a lot of other people. There are whole societies devoted to visiting lighthouses. I'm not that fanatical about them, but if I have the chance, I will visit.As we drove south from Duck, we passed through...

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  • The old Holiday Inn (now the Clarion)

    The second time out and part of the third, we stayed at the Clarion Inn (then the Holiday Inn). It was a nice enough experience the summer of 1976. We had an ocean front room and keen maid service. This would have been the greatest hotel experience of my lifetime up to that point if I hadn't stayed at the 7-storey Ramada Inn (now a Comfort Inn)...

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  • You never know whom you might meet

    The week of 21-28 July, 1984 was the fourth year in a row we rented the cottage from Mr. Sykes a block from Avalon Pier. That same week, a family from Ecuador (the Marcháns) made holiday near where we did. The daddy worked for the Ecuadorian embassy in Washington). I would see them on the beach every day and one evening, my family and I ran into...

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