ABOUT THE OUTER BANKS
Learn about the Town of Southern Shores
The Outer Banks is:
a chain of barrier islands midway on the Atlantic Seaboard
75 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia
315 miles north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
accessible (from Virginia) by Highways 168 and 158
accessible (from North Carolina) by Highway 64
surrounded by 900 square miles of water
the third largest estuary system in the world
known for its wildlife refuge, maritime forests, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the highest sand dunes on the East Coast at Jockey's Ridge State Park
where England's first attempt to colonize the America resulted in the "Lost" Colony
where the Wright Brothers turned their dream into reality thereby bringing mankind into the age of aviation
the home of the country's first
But the Outer Banks is much more than this. Its majestic lighthouses will captivate you, as well as its sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and golden sunsets over the sound. Throw in surfing, diving, swimming, deep-sea game fishing, hang-gliding at Jockey’s Ridge, canoeing in the sound, and the almost 100 miles long of glorious beaches and you’ve got the makings of an unforgettable and addictive vacation destination. If you vacation on the Outer Banks, be warned, you’ll be “hooked on the Outer Banks.” It will be different from any other shore vacation. It's not a far drive but once you're here you will feel a million miles away.
There are also many sightseeing attractions available in the area: Roanoke Festival Park, The Lost Colony, Elizabethan Gardens, Elizabeth II Historical Site, Fort Raleigh National Historical Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial, Jockeys Ridge State Park, North Carolina Aquarium, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Corolla Wild Horses, The Monument to A Century of Flight, and The Whalehead Club. It is also only a short distance to local golf courses and fishing from the surf as well as that deep sea fishing trip. Go to "Activities" links.
There are also lots of places where you can explore and
learn about nature: Pea Island National Refuge, Duck Pier Field Research
Facility, Nags Head Woods, Center for Wildlife Education, Alligator River
National Wildlife Refuge, Kitty Hawk Woods, and Cape
Hatteras National Seashore. Travel along the Charles Kuralt Trail or
attend the Wings Over
Water Festival in the fall months. (A celebration of wildlife and wildlands
in Eastern North Carolina.)
You can also learn about the history of the area by visiting: Fort Raleigh National Historical Site, Wright Brother's National Museum, NC maritime Museum, Frisco Native American Museum, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station, Airport Museum, Dare County Civil War Trail, Outer Banks History Center, or attending the play about The Lost Colony.
There are cultural activities as well: The Lost
Colony, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Theatre of
Dare, plus occasional local Choral Groups.
The Outer Banks offers pristine beaches that stretch for miles and the natural beauty of the place is unsurpassed.
Visit the Outer Banks in the spring or fall and take advantage of gorgeous weather, peaceful beaches, and lower rates. The crowds are gone, the fishing is fantastic, the beaches are beautiful, and best of all.....the rates are low.