East Coast, USA, Family Travel, Most Recent Travel, National Parks, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Walking OBX, April 2021

Hatteras Village- Frisco

Our jumping off point for Hatteras has always been Hatteras Landing by Kees Vacations. The small “resort” is a series of small condos, each individually owned and decorated. Our most recent accommodation was completely updated. The resort is a quick walk across the road to a public access beach. If you have a more sandworthy vehicle than our Subaru Forester, you can drive to almost the southern point of Hatteras Island. Alex gave up driving so I walked south as far as possible, then reversed and walked north to the Frisco Beach Public Access.

Frisco- Cape Point

Despite my best efforts to make it to Cape Point from Frisco, I was thwarted by “American Oyster Catchers exhibiting pre-mating behaviors.” I hadn’t thoroughly researched the mating rituals and geographic range of this particular species, so I was surprised to not have access to this stretch of the beach. I had to retreat to the vehicle access road. The forecast for the day was 65 degrees max, but as temperatures climbed to 80 degrees I found myself trekking a breezeless, soft, sandy interior desert-like dune road for 1.5 miles.

Russ, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Pea Island & Oregon Inlet

We returned to Pea Island for a three mile walk in the National Wildlife Refuge. This stretch doesn’t allow fishing or ORV. It was a relief to not have to weave in and out of fishing lines after the Hatteras portion. I was alone for the entire walk, with the exception of one crab that was very adamant that I not pass.

To access Bodie Island Spit north of Pea Island, we parked on the beach near the ORV Ramp 4. At low tide this stretch of the beach was filled with tide pools, so Alice could splash in the water in April without risk of a cold crashing wave. They still have yet to remove the wrecked Ocean Pursuit, and it’s become a tourist destination in itself. From there, I continued north until I reached the populated southern end of Nags Head.
After the walk we checked into First Colony Inn, just in time for their Evening Social.

Let me help plan your trip to The Outer Banks (OBX), North Carolina


Determine Your OBX Style

Do you like driving on the beach and fishing, shopping for quirky art, or kayaking and beach sports? Each section of OXB has a distinct feel.
Ocracoke offers independent shops and restaurants, a day trip to Portsmouth Island, beach driving, and more.


House, Hotel, Camping, or B&B?

OBX has many options, from camping under the starts to renting an oceanfront mansion.


Plan Your Excursions In OBX

Visit the North Carolina Aquarium, visit the Elizabethan Gardens, take a day trip to Ocracoke, visit all the lighthouses, and learn about shipwrecks at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. OBX is more than just a beach destination


Get Active

OBX offers tons of ways to play by both land and sea. Go on a fishing charter, kayak through the marsh, birdwatch, ride horses on the beach, and take surf lessons! Play mini-golf or climb Jockey’s Ridge to take in sunset.

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