Outer Banks Parks, Paths and Ramps
This is a different normal than we are accustomed to living these days. At the time of this post some Outer Banks parks were “Closed until further notice.” Check before heading out to make sure the park you would like to visit is open.
Visitors will be delighted to see how much the Outer Banks has to offer when it comes to beautiful open space and recreational opportunities. The region features many wonderful parks, miles of shaded multi-use paths, and plenty of public boat ramps. So, when it’s time to take a break from the beach, check out these these Outer Banks parks that are right around the corner.
Duck Town Park
Set on 11 acres along the Currituck Sound, this park includes more than a half-mile of sound side boardwalk, an amphitheater, playground, picnic shelter, kayak/boat launch, walking trails, and a gazebo. Summer events, concerts, and shows are often held on the Town Green. The park is located on Duck Road in the heart of town.
David Paul Pruitt, Jr. Playground
The Woods Road, Kitty Hawk
This popular playground is just north of the Dominion Power building. The playground is fenced in and includes equipment for both young and older children. Swings, merry go round, and slides are here, along with a picnic table and nearby multi-use path.
Sandy Run Park
The Woods Road, Kitty Hawk
This park has a boardwalk and path that meanders through the maritime forest and near a pond. There’s a shaded picnic area with grill, fishing area, and boat launch as well as a basketball court at this park, which is located across the road from a multi-use path.
Kitty Hawk Park
Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk
This spot features a popular skateboard park, fenced in dog park, playground, and shaded picnic area. It also has restrooms. The skate park also permits bikes and in-line skates.
W. Hayman Boulevard, Kill Devil Hills
Hayman Park is one of the most popular playgrounds on the Outer Banks. With a swing set, slides, jungle gyms, live oaks to climb and a large grassy field to play on, kids can spend hours here. The park also has picnic tables and grill as well as restrooms.
Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills
This playground has new equipment for both younger and older children and includes swings, slides, soccer and baseball fields, picnic tables, vending machines, a water fountain, and restrooms.
Casey Logan Disc Golf Course
Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Located on a portion of the 44-acre Baum Tract, the course is tucked away behind the First Flight High School athletic field and around the corner from the Dare County Sheriff Office’s ropes course. Includes 18 holes and a practice tee.
Dowdy Park (pictured)
S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
Out of all of the Outer Banks Parks, Dowdy is definitely a gem with acres of fun, featuring children’s play areas, a sports court, interactive arts exhibits, a gazebo and events pavilion, and walking trails.
Nags Head Town Park
W. Barnes Street, Nags Head
This shaded park features swings, slides, jungle gyms, a sheltered picnic area with tables and grills and a soccer field. Nature trails are accessible from the park, including one that winds through Nags Head Woods and leads to the sound.
N.C. 12 across from Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head
This two-acre park includes bocce ball courts,a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, shaded picnic area, and ADA approved playground equipment.
BIKE THE BANKS!
Hop on your bike and explore the Outer Banks parks and paths on two wheels. There are several multi-use paths that provide shade and a safe place for the whole family to bike, walk or skate. Here’s a rundown of the most popular ones, from north to south.
Corolla – The Corolla Greenway totals three miles beginning in Ocean Sands and winding north to Albacore Street in the community of Whalehead Beach. The multi-use path is a safe distance from the road and provides shade and easy riding.
Duck – This multi-use path is six miles long and runs the entire length of the town. It is primarily located on the east side of Duck Road and runs through the heart of town. From Four Seasons Lane to the Duck Post Office, the trail is on both sides of N.C. 12 in the form of a wide shoulder.
Southern Shores – The one-mile bike path runs along U.S. 158 from the Southern Shores Town Hall west to Kitty Hawk Elementary School. The path then continues along N.C. connecting Southern Shores to the town of Duck.
Kitty Hawk – The Paul Pruitt Multi-Use Path runs the entire length of The Woods Road and parking is available at the Paul Pruitt Playground or Sandy Run Park. The path is open to all non-motorized pedestrian traffic and is shaded and slightly hilly.
Kill Devil Hills – There is a multi-use path that follows Colington Road adjacent to the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This path connects to a multi-use path along Bay Drive that runs along the sound and into the town of Kitty Hawk. Beginning at Veterans Drive, it runs west before turning north toward W. First Street before connecting with Bay Drive.
Nags Head – A multi-use path that runs along N.C. 12 begins at milepost 10, runs through Whalebone Junction and past Jennette’s Pier to South Nags Head, ending at milepost 21.
Roanoke Island – Bike along the six miles of multi-use paths that extend from the foot of the Washington Baum Bridge to the Manns Harbor Bridge. The path takes bikers through the town of Manteo and past historic sites such as Fort Raleigh and the Elizabethan Gardens.
GO FOR A PADDLE!
If you want to launch a kayak, boat, or kiteboard, check out the following launch sites from north to south:
The Whalehead Club
1100 Club Road, Corolla
A boat and kayak launch is located at the end of Club Road where you will find a pier, boat ramp, and parking.
Duck Town Park
1200 Duck Road, Duck
This kayak launch requires a short walk down the boardwalk from the parking lot.
Kitty Hawk Bay Boat Launch
Bob Perry Road, Kitty Hawk
Located across from the Dock of the Bay marina, this public launch includes parking and a picnic area and provides great access to the creeks and canals in the area.
Avalon Beach Access
2025 Bay Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Boaters and kayakers will find plenty of parking at this launch site.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
West Soundside Road, Nags Head
A large sound side beach and shallow water make this a popular site to launch the kayak.
Washington Baum Bridge
U.S. 64, Roanoke Island
Across from Pirate’s Cove Marina, you’ll find a boat ramp under the bridge that is suitable for kayaks and boats. There is a parking lot and walkways for fishermen.
Nags Head Estuarine Access
Milepost 16.5 on the Causeway, Nags Head
Parking, a wooden walkway and gazebo are at this site.