Outer Banks Piers
To truly experience the Outer Banks, the local piers here are a must see! These piers hold historic significance and fun spots for locals and visitors to hangout. Be sure to plan a trip down south to go visit all these piers or at least a few! Each pier below is family friendly, so bring the whole family to visit and create long-lasting memories during your stay.
Learn More About the Piers
The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is the last fishing pier North of Oregon Inlet, located at milepost 18.5 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Explore the pier with their well-equipped bait and tackle shop, arcade games, equipment rentals, and an oceanfront grill for breakfast and lunch. The restaurant on the pier, “Fish Heads”, is a local favorite providing a fun setting with beer and wine and fresh food all while the waves crash below you. Don't miss their shrimp happy hour!
Looking for a more modern pier to explore? Jennette's Pier reopened in 2011 after undergoing a major renovation and is now a world-class fishing spot, plus has an indoor aquarium and event space perfect for weddings or other large gatherings. Jennette's Pier is a 1,000 foot long full-service pier with beautiful views, beach access and parking, programs for children and families, and even offers snacks or drinks! Open year round, Jennette's Pier is located at milepost 16.5 in Nags Head.
Nags Head Pier is known for its famous Pier House Restaurant with amazing oceanfront views out of the dining room. Right next door, Captain Andy's offers an open air tiki bar type of atmosphere, perfect to grab a drink or quick bite after a day at the beach. For fishermen, they have a full service bait and tackle shop as well as equipment rentals. Located at milepost 11.5. Local tip: grab a delicious breakfast in the pier’s restaurant while the morning sunlight lights up the sky.
First built in 1958, Avalon Pier is almost 700 feet long, stretching over water that is 12 to 15 feet deep. Avalon Pier offers everything for families and fishermen! Features include a snack bar, bait and tackle shop, and a large arcade with games for the entire family. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the pier is open from 5 am to 2 am. While during the off-season, Avalon Pier is open from 6 am to 10 pm. Located at milepost 6 in Kill Devil Hills.
In 2003, Hurricane Isabel destroyed the historic Kitty Hawk Pier. But in 2006 the pier was bought by the Hilton Garden Inn, renovated, and now serves as a special setting for wedding receptions and other social events. The pier itself is also open to the public for fishing, with a purchased pass. Kitty Hawk Pier is open year round for fishing and special events. According to locals, this pier is a good spot for catching spot and drum fish.
At the Field Research Facility, located in northern Duck, Duck Research Pier is famous for its 1,840 foot long pier. The pier’s observatory has ongoing projects that include studies to advance emergency response to cyclones, coastal flood hazard analysis for FEMA, and nearby ocean depth surveys. These projects help researchers predict how major coastal storms and hurricanes affect our beaches. The Field Research Facility allows the use of its resources and data by government departments, universities, and private establishments throughout the year. While the pier itself is not open to the public, if vacationing nearby, visiros can walk the beach to get a closer look.
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