Kitty Hawk Hang Gliding

Kitty Hawk on the North Carolina Outer Banks

Once a remote area, Kitty Hawk has grown into a summer resort area and provides some of the best beach recreation on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

When Orville Wright stepped ashore in Kitty Hawk Village in the fall of 1900, he probably knew that he and his brother were destined to make history as the pioneers of flight. They had chosen this remote fishing village on the Outer Banks of North Carolina partly for privacy from prying eyes. Three years later, they would break the bonds of earth for the first time in their heavier than air flying machine.

From that moment forward, Kitty Hawk would forever be associated with the Wright Brothers as the birthplace of aviation, although the actual flight took place four miles south from the base of Kill Devil Hill. Today, the once-tiny sound side village is one of the largest townships on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. On the ocean-side, thousands of rental homes, restaurants and shops are part of the development that has characterized the northern Outer Banks from Nags Head to Corolla.

Kitty Hawk Pier at Sunset

But along the Albemarle Sound, the village remains a treat for those who to choose to take a drive off the beaten path. Shaded lanes wind along the marshes. Quaint clapboard cottages and fishing boats line a series of canals that lead to the open waters of the Sound. And life takes on a more leisurely pace that is reminiscent of the way people used to live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

For vacationers in Kitty Hawk, the beaches feature numerous public beach accesses for your convenience. Off the beach you can explore the many restaurants and shops that are conveniently located in Kitty Hawk. If you enjoy biking on the Outer Banks, you will love the shady bike trails that run through the village of Kitty Hawk and the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve. There are also some amazing kayaking on the Outer Banks through the canals of the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve and along the Albemarle Sound. There are also numerous other watersports like jetskiing and parasailing to enjoy along the sound at The Promenade. Golfers will also enjoy some great Outer Banks golfing at Sea Scape Golf Links.

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Kitty Hawk Beach
Kayaking near Kitty Hawk