Outer Banks Spotlight on the Town of Duck
We are taking the opportunity to put the spotlight on each of our Outer Banks towns to give pause and appreciate the uniqueness and quaint charm each has to offer. We've started at the northern beaches and are heading south, showcasing the highlights of every OBX town we reach along the way.
Have you missed any? No worries, you can catch up here.
Next stop: Duck.
The History of the Town of Duck
One of the first questions you may wonder about Duck is how it got its name. The obvious guess would be its association with abundant waterfowl—and it is a correct one. Outdoorsmen have flocked to Duck since the 1800s for the hordes of waterfowl that can be found here during their migration. With waterfront access on each side of town, Currituck Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other and plenty of lush maritime forest in between, it is a nature lover's paradise.
Duck is a 7-mile stretch of beaches that has maintained a quaint and quiet atmosphere despite the growing popularity of the Outer Banks region over the years. It was slower to develop as a vacation destination than other towns of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills due to its lack of road access, which didn't change until the 1980s when the paving of NC Highway 12 was occurring in the Northern Outer Banks.
Today Duck still remains one of the lesser known Outer Banks towns featuring coastal charm in an upscale, residential atmosphere tucked among the centuries-old live oaks, cedars and acres of maritime forest.
There are no public beach accesses in Duck, but the vacation rentals and residential communities offer private access so you should have no problem with accessing the beach if you're staying in town. Duck beaches are pet-friendly. Lifeguards are on duty from May 1 through October 31. Vehicles are allowed on the beach at select off-season times through private vehicular access; there is no public beach access for vehicles within the town limits.
Refer to the following link to learn more about the Town of Duck's beach rules and regulations.
Annual Events & Things To Do in Duck
The beach is the big draw here, which comes as no surprise. Swaths of sand, waterfront sunrises and sunsets, and a lovely lush setting surround you. Watersports abound here whether you enjoy kayaking the calmer waters of the sound or surfing the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Wonderful shelling opportunities are found here too, especially in the off-season.
Shopping and dining are plentiful with many of the town's shops and restaurants being connected by the Duck Town Trail that runs the length of the town parallel to NC Highway 12, or by the Duck Town Boardwalk which showcases optimal views of the Currituck Sound. There are sports outfitters, surf and kite shops, art galleries and more. You'll quickly find that Duck offers an eclectic mix of coastal adventures to be had.
You can follow this link to find a comprehensive list of attractions and things to do in Duck.
You can follow this link to find a comprehensive list of Town of Duck events happening all year long or during the specific dates of your Outer Banks vacation.
Town of Duck Video Clip for Your Viewing Pleasure
If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a video must speak a million. See for yourself what the Town of Duck has to offer in this video feature. Enjoy!
Where to Stay in Duck
Are you inspired to plan an Outer Banks vacation in Duck? Hope so! The best place to start is by perusing Duck vacation rentals. We'd love to tell you more about this beloved town, so be sure to read more about what the Town of Duck has to offer, which includes its rental communities and amenities. We promise you'll eagerly be counting down the days until your stay.
Did you visit or stay in Duck during your time on the Outer Banks? What did you love most about this OBX town?