Below is a map of the communities of The Outer Banks. Corolla is the most northern and Ocracoke is the most southern. Highway 12 runs down the middle of The Outer Banks.
There are four options for getting here with a vehicle. You come in from the north on 158 to Kitty Hawk. You come in from the west on 64 to Whalebone. You can take a ferry from Cedar Island or Swan Quarter (2 1/2 hours) to Ocracoke and then another ferry from Ocracoke (1 hour) to Hatteras.
The largest town is Kill Devil Hills with a population of 6,800. The most commercialized area is Nags Head to Kitty Hawk. This is where you find the only Wal-Mart, KMart, Lowes and Home Depot along with some fast food and chain restaurants and some chain shopping stores along with the local options and several mini-golf courses.
Tourism is the main income here. The width of The Outer Banks is one mile or less. It is similar to Key West in that sometimes you can see water on both sides of the highway and sometimes it is wide enough for several rows of homes.
I am staying in Frisco. From Nags Head to Frisco Woods Campground is 59 miles.
Today I drove up to Kitty Hawk. Along the way I stopped at the only Kmart in The Outer Banks. When I pulled in I was struck by the shrubs…I have never seen anything quite like it.
There are several ACE Hardware stores along Highway 12 and they all have a giant red chair in front.
I stopped at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. My annual national park pass worked here so no fee. I bought the pass last fall when I visited several national parks. It was also valid for the Everglades National Park when I visited there. It was quite a hike from the visitor center to the memorial.
I stopped at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern US. The height varies from 80 to 100 feet. I made the climb all the way up.
Between climbing the hill at the Wright Brothers Memorial and climbing the sand dunes my calves got a good workout. My physical therapist would be proud. The temperature this afternoon was 48 and sunny most of the afternoon with less wind today.
About one mile north of the campground is this strange thing ….
Here are a few other photos from the day…