Nags Head

Plenty to do … and don’t forget the beach

I asked Craig Killgore to write about Nags Head. Craig currently owns Three Seas, Inc, a pool maintenance company that maintains the pool at our Salvo house. Craig and his guys do a great job not only maintaining your pool and hot tub, but also looking out for our house.

My family discovered the Outer Banks in 1974. We were on our way to Myrtle Beach where we vacationed for the last nine years. On this particular trip, however, we decided to stop at Nags Head as a half-way point. That was the last year we went to Myrtle Beach. From that trip on, we vacationed at Nags Head.

We rented cottages from Southern Shores to Nags Head. Back then, expectations of rental cottages were a lot different than they are today. Back then, air conditioning meant that all of the windows could be opened to catch an ocean breeze. Why have hot tubs and pools when you have the Atlantic Ocean at your feet?

Nags Head beach

My family loved the town so much that my mother purchased a home in Old Nags Head Cove in 1977. Shortly after, we purchased a pub across from Jockey’s Ridge. My wife and I moved from West Chester, PA to run it. After the pub was sold, rather than return to West Chester, my wife and I decided to make this town our home.

The town has many things to offer. There are two fishing piers: the Nags Head Fishing Pier, M.P.(mile post) 12 and the Outer Banks Fishing Pier, M.P. 18 ½ on Route 158. The Nags Head Links golf course is located sound side at the Village at Nags Head. It is a Scottish link-style course and is "the longest 6,126 yards you’ll ever play," according to Golf Digest magazine. The ladies might want to spend the day shopping at the Tanger Outlets located at M.P. 16 on the 158 Bypass.

Bodie Island Lighthouse is a great place for a picnic. The lighthouse itself is closed, but you can enjoy the beauty of the sound and explore the gift shop for great souvenirs.

Hang Gliding at Jockey's Ridge

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a wonderful way to spend the day. You can take a guided dune hike or walk along the sound side nature trail. There are morning tours that focus on bird watching, and the Visitor Center is full of information about Jockey’s Ridge including a 30-minute video. If you are feeling brave, you can also learn how to hang glide. Lessons are offered through Kitty Hawk Kites located across the Bypass from Jockey’s Ridge.

The town's rental market has many beautiful homes to offer its visitors. Nags Head rentals may be oceanfront, sound front or located on the links. Amenities may include pools (many with heat), hot tubs, game rooms and even cinema rooms.

My family and I thoroughly enjoy living on the Outer Banks. It is a place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty. It is also a place to enjoy seeing visitors enjoying the Outer Banks.

To find Nags Head on the map, follow this link.

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