Currituck OBX Visitors Guide

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A Land of Wild Horses, Southern Charm & The Sea

The Currituck Outer Banks — encompassing the northern tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and the inland townships surrounding the Currituck Sound — are known first and foremost for the awe-inspiring remote beaches of Corolla and Carova and their legendary long-term residents, the Corolla Wild Horses. Notably less commercial than many seaside locales, here you’ll find breathtaking natural beauty abounds. Storied sites like the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Whalehead, and the new Currituck Maritime Museum, as well as eclectic shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities have made this quaint coastal community a sought-after family vacation destination.

COROLLA, CAROVA & THE NORTHERN BEACHES on the Currituck Outer Banks Introduction 1 Wild Horses of Corolla 2 Historic Corolla Park 4 Historic Corolla Village 7 Audubon Sanctuary 8 Golf in Corolla 11 Recreational Opportunities 12 Equipment Rental 16 Driving on the Beach 17 Gatherings & Weddings 18 Within a Day’s Drive 19 Helpful Beach Information 20 Visiting in the Off-Season 21 Hurricane Evacuation 22 Rip Currents 23 Corolla Accommodations 24 Beach Rules & Safety 26 Important Contacts 27 THE MAINLAND Currituck County Introduction 29 Historic Roots 30 Farm to Fork 33 Mainland Recreation 34 The Intracoastal Waterway & Knotts Island 37 SHOPPING & DINING In Corolla 39 On the Mainland 45 AREA INFORMATION Mainland Accommodations 49 Seasonal Events 51 Travel Options & Area Map 52

The Currituck Outer Banks

Life here has always been about the water, whether it be the wide-open Atlantic or the miles of pristine shoreline of the Currituck Sound that separates Currituck’s barrier islands from its Mainland.

Corolla, Carova & The Northern Beaches

On the edge of the Atlantic, you’ll find the Currituck Outer Banks beaches of Corolla and Carova – over twenty miles of unspoiled remote coastline where visitors enjoy all their favorite beach vacation pastimes: kids frolic in the surf; boogie-board; and gather shells. It is a place where families can take in the area’s unique historical sites or just simply relax in the sun. For the more adventurous, there are many opportunities for recreational surfing, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, paddleboarding and more. Just north of Corolla, where the paved road ends, you’ll find Carova and the northern beaches. Here visitors often take a tour of the off-road area to see the Corolla Wild Horses on the beach, legendary descendants of Spanish mustangs thought to have been brought here by seafaring explorers in the 1500s. 1

The Wild Horses of Corolla

On the Currituck Outer Banks, legends abound—and some living legends still roam the beaches. Just north of Historic Corolla Park and Corolla Village, visitors can gaze upon the Wild Horses of Corolla in their natural habitat. The official state horse of North Carolina, the Corolla Wild Horses are descendants of colonial Spanish Mustangs brought by explorers nearly 500 years ago, and there are several ways to see them. The best way to see the Corolla Wild Horses is to book a tour with one of several local guides (see tour providers, right), but it is also possible to venture out onto the sand in your own four-wheel-drive vehicle (please see Driving on the Beach, p.17). During your visit, please help us to keep these treasured horses wild and free. The Corolla Wild Horses are protected by ordinance and it is against the law to feed, lure, or come within 50 feet of these horses. This is for your protection as well as the protection of the wild horses. So please pack a good camera, use that zoom lens, and give these horses their space.

If you ever encounter mistreatment of the Wild Horses of Corolla, please notify the Corolla Wild Horse Fund at 252.453.8002.


Wild Horse

Tour Providers

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

817 B Ocean Trl., Corolla, NC 27927

252.453.6141 •

Back Country Safari Tours

1159 Austin St., Corolla, NC 27927

252.453.0877 •

Bob’s Wild Horse Tours

817 B Ocean Trl., Corolla, NC 27927


Corolla Outback

Adventures, LTD

1148 Ocean Trl., Corolla, NC 27927

252.453.4484 •

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

1210 Ocean Trl., Corolla, NC 27927


Hummer Adventure Tours

610 Currituck Clubhouse Dr. Corolla, NC 27927 • 252.489.2020

Wild Horse

Adventure Tours

610 Currituck Clubhouse Dr. Corolla, NC 27927 • 252.489.2020

The Official State Horse of North Carolina
The Wild Horses of Corolla are federally protected. Visitors to their natural oceanside habitat are required to keep a safe distance of at least 50' at all times and do not feed this legendary herd.

Historic Corolla Park

When it’s time to take a break from the beach, many residents and visitors will take a stroll or bike ride in the fresh air and wide-open green space of Historic Corolla Park, a 39-acre sound-front property nestled in the heart of Corolla. Situated at the base of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the park is home to a bevy of distinctive landmarks: the iconic Whalehead museum; its new sister facility, the Currituck Maritime Museum; and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. With the park’s vast open lawn and large boat basin, families can bond while enjoying the delight on their children’s faces as the kids learn to crab or fish. It’s also a great place for a picnic lunch under the live oaks that grace the property. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can bring along your kayak, canoe or paddleboard. The park offers free launching access to the Currituck Sound. Throughout the summer, the park hosts a number of seasonal events, from an old-fashioned Fourth of July festival to live music events and weekly wine, beer and craft mixers.

The OBX Center for Wildlife Education Situated between the lighthouse and the Currituck Sound, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education houses exhibits on both natural and wildlife history and offers educational programs in the park.


Open since 1875, the lighthouse towers over the Outer Banks landscape. For a small fee, visitors can climb the 220 steps up the iron staircase for an epic view of the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Whalehead in Historic Corolla The Whalehead museum is an Outer Banks icon. The centerpiece of Historic Corolla Park, Whalehead is a restored 1920s era Art Nouveau architectural masterpiece that hosts tours and seasonal events. The Currituck Maritime Museum 5
The Maritime Museum tells the integral story of the region’s historic wooden boats and their craftsman.

Historic Corolla Chapel

Part of the Outer Banks since 1885, Historic Corolla Chapel is a cornerstone of Historic Corolla Village. A favorite for weddings and other special occasions, this is the only church open year-round in Corolla.

Unique Shopping

Shaded by stately live oak trees, homes dating from the late 19th to early 20th century are now shops and businesses offering everything from books to barbecue to the latest fashion and home decor.

Historic Corolla Village

You might feel that you’ve stepped back in time when visiting Historic Corolla Village. Just a short stroll from the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Historic Corolla Park, the village is a charming little historic community reflecting a less hurried time in Corolla’s past and includes quaint shops and restaurants, many of which are housed in reclaimed and preserved buildings. This beautiful, pedestrian-friendly area is home to historical sites such as the Historic Corolla Chapel, the Parker House, the U.S. Lifesaving Station and the WEVS schoolhouse a two-room historic schoolhouse built in the late 1800s to serve the children of the lighthouse keepers and surfmen (which is still in operation today). Here you will also find cultural mainstays like the Corolla Wild Horse Museum and Store, a non-profit organization run by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund that raises money to help protect the wild horses, and Corolla Village Market, an artist co-operative and gift shop. The quiet streets, shaded in oak trees, welcome you as you browse for unique items and engage the friendly shop owners who will openly share their stories of Corolla’s history. Whether you’re interested in some unique shopping or just out for a pleasant walk, Historic Corolla Village will give you a sense of what life was like here in simpler times. 7

The Audubon Sanctuary at Pine Island

The Donal C. O’Brien Jr. Audubon Sanctuary at Pine Island lies 14 miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge in Corolla and features a 2.5-mile nature trail with viewing stands, kayak access to marsh areas, and a variety of fascinating educational programs. A vital resource for birds and wildlife that live along the Currituck Sound, the 2,600-acre property contributes to essential environmental and wildlife conservation efforts, protecting 170 bird species, 7 amphibian species, 17 reptile species, 19 mammal species and more than 350 species of plants in order to maintain the natural balance of the ecosystem.

The Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve

Located just north of Corolla, the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve is 965 acres of ocean beach, sand dunes, grasslands, shrub thicket, maritime forest, marshes, tidal flats, and sub-tidal soft bottoms. The site is a pristine cross-section of barrier islands between the Atlantic Ocean and the nearly fresh waters of the Currituck Sound where scientists and enthusiasts alike study the natural processes that shape and sustain the coastal area. Accessible by car or boat, the reserve is home to two walking trails in its southern portion, with its northern portion being accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicle.


Make It Your Nature

We’ve partnered with Visit NC, the NC Outdoor Recreation Industry and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to champion 7 Principles to apply to help preserve the natural beauty of our state:

• Plan ahead & prepare

• Stick to trails

• Trash your trash

• Leave it as you find it

• Be careful with fire

• Keep wildlife wild

• Share our trails

Worth the Drive Golf on the Mainland

The Carolina Club

This award-winning par-72 course offers you generous fairways and superb bent grass greens; a locals’ favorite course.

127 Carolina Club Dr., Grandy, NC • 252.453.3588

Holly Ridge Golf Course

This family-friendly 18-hole, par-71 course is where players of every skill level will find a challenge.

8818 Caratoke Hwy., Harbinger, NC • 252.491.2893

Kilmarlic Golf Club

Ranked one of the Top 100 Courses in North Carolina, this classic Tom Steele designed par-73 course beautifully balances the harmony between golf and nature.

215 West Side Ln., Powells Point, NC • 252.491.4220

Golf Club at Eagle Creek

This par-72 links-style public course offers challenging play for avid golfers yet is still fun for the casual golfer.

109 Green View Rd., Moyock, NC • 252.232.9901

The Pointe Golf Club

Pristine pine, myrtle and cypress trees surround this par-71 course which the USGA says has some of the finest putting surfaces in the Southeast.

308 Pointe Golf Club Dr., Powells Point, NC • 252.491.8388

Golf in Corolla

The Currituck Club

This spectacular championship course, recognized by Golf Digest as one of the “Top 25 Courses in North Carolina,” offers 18 holes of Outer Banks golf designed by award-winning designer, Rees Jones. Here Jones has brought to life his philosophy of golf course design; to create an environment for the game of golf that is challenging, fair and aesthetically pleasing using as his canvas the type of land where golf began. The result is a breathtaking layout that stretches across 6,885 yards of remarkably diverse coastal terrain, including sand dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and soundside shoreline. On the course, it’s common to view wildlife including deer, osprey, geese, turtles and the occasional soaring eagle during your golf round.

Of all the Outer Banks golf courses, The Currituck Club is unique because of its flawless bent grass greens, spectacular rolling dunes, seaside vegetation and views of the Currituck Sound. The club’s world-class practice facility was designed for the enjoyment of the whole family and includes a putting green, driving range and bunker. During the summer months, junior clinics are offered, with instruction from an experienced golf staff of PGA professionals available year-round.

620 Currituck Clubhouse Dr., Corolla, NC 252.453.9400

The Currituck Club

While The Currituck Club is located in Corolla, many golfers also make the short drive across the Wright Memorial Bridge for the rare diversity of play offered by Currituck’s five Mainland golf courses, shown left. 11

Recreational Opportunities

The Currituck Outer Banks are a wonderful place to simply get outdoors. Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, you’ll find a variety of options here to keep the whole gang entertained. Activities like Corolla Adventure Park and miniature golf are always crowd pleasers, and many families also enjoy the fun offerings at TimBuck II Shopping Village and Corolla Light Town Center. When it’s time to head home, you can always stop along the way to cool down at H2OBX Waterpark on the Mainland.

H2OBX Waterpark

(On the mainland ) Enjoy modern waterpark amenities and over 30 rides, slides and attractions.

8526 Caratoke Hwy. Powells Point, NC 27966


Coastal Explorations

Kayak rentals & tours around islands and marshy mazes sharing stories of wildlife and local history.

1118 Corolla Village Rd. Corolla, NC 27927 252.453.9872

Currituck Banks

National Estuarine Reserve

This protected area is a relatively undisturbed cross-section of a barrier island between the Atlantic and the Currituck Sound. 252.261.8891

Segway of the Outer Banks

Take an off-road tour or historical adventure tour of the Currituck Outer Banks on a Segway.

1121 Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC 27927 877.359.8447

Shopping & Dining in Corolla

Corolla is proud to be home to a bevy of unique shopping and dining establishments offering fresh fare and hand-crafted wares. For a complete list of Corolla Shopping & Dining options, see page 39-43.


Backwater Adventures

(On the mainland ) Adventures in bass, fly and other light tackle freshwater fishing. 123 Pinewood Acres Dr. Powells Point, NC 27966 252.202.3112

OBX Bait & Tackle

Corolla’s largest and most fully equipped tackle shop, specializing in surf and freshwater fishing.

815 B Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC 27927 252.453.3339

Corolla Bait & Tackle –OBX Charter Fishing Charter fishing adventures, affordable fishing trips and tackle.

1070 Ocean Trl. (and)

603 F Currituck Clubhouse Dr. Corolla, NC 27927 • 252.453.9500

Corolla Water Sports Jet-skis and waverunners, parasails, kayak eco-tours, paddle boats and mini-golf.

798 K Sunset Blvd. Corolla, NC 27927 252.453.6900

Corolla Surf Shop

Renting surf & body boards, skim boards, wetsuits, bikes and stand-up paddleboards.

807 Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC 27927 252.453.9283

Corolla Adventure Golf & Bumper Cars

Corolla-themed 27-hole mini-golf course, Spin Zone and bumper cars, offering fun golf play for all ages.

810 Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC 27927 252.453.7777

Recreational Opportunities

Kitty Hawk Surf Co. Provides surfing lessons, kayak tours, parasailing and stand-up paddleboard lessons.

790 Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC 27927


EnvirOBX Island EcoAdventures

(On the mainland ) Family-friendly adventures highlighting wildlife and habitat.

205 Reggie Owens Dr. Harbinger, NC 27941


Corolla Kiteboarding

The hot watersport, our lessons take place at one of the most beautiful settings.

1206 Pacific Ave. Corolla, NC 27927


Corolla Raceway

Corolla Raceway provides single, double, and Jr. go-karts, along with bumper cars and an arcade.

796 Sunset Blvd. Corolla, NC 27927


Corolla Adventure Park

Aerial adventure course, 3 levels with 60 unique obstacles including 6 zip lines for guests ages 5 and up.

1215 Ponton Ln. Corolla, NC 27927


Flying Smiles Kites

Your source for high quality kites and kite repair, games and puzzles.

1159 Austin St., Unit F Corolla, NC 27927


Kitty Hawk Kites

The world’s largest kite shop with recreation activities and workshops offered daily.

794 Sunset Blvd. & 819 Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC 27927

252.453.8845 • 252.453.3685

Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photo

Souvenirs, old fashioned clothing, props for photos, frames and posters, fun for the whole family.

794 K Sunset Blvd. Corolla, NC 27927


North Beach Water Sports

Parasailing, Wave runner/Jet ski Rentals, Tubing/Banana rides, SUP/ Kayak Rentals, Pontoon Boat Rentals

1066 Ocean Trail Corolla, NC 27929


Corolla SEAL Program

A two-hour program allows kids to learn about and help create a safer aquatic environment. Across from lighthouse, Corolla


Wildlife Programs

OBX Center for Wildlife Education highlights the natural and cultural history of the Currituck Sound.

1160 Village Ln. Corolla, NC 27927


Corolla Putt Putt

Bring the entire family for fun on this mini-golf course located on the sound.

798 Sunset Blvd. Corolla, NC 27927


The Grass Course

20-holes of mini-golf on the scenic, soundside of Corolla, offers all-natural grass course with light fair snack bar.

1024 Ocean Trl. Corolla, NC 27927


For Additional and Updated Information

For more on recreational opportunities in Corolla, please visit us online at

Equipment Rental

Just for the Beach Rentals

Why bring it when you can rent it?

Delivery available for bikes, kayaks, surf, skim and boogie boards, beach umbrellas, chairs, carts, cribs, joggers and more.

520 B Old Stoney Rd. Corolla, NC 27927 866.629.7368

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Renting everything you need for the beach: surfboards, kayaks, bicycles, strollers, beach umbrellas and more.

1159 Austin St. #103 A Corolla, NC 27927 252.453.2440


Driving on the Beach

Visitors to the Currituck Outer Banks are welcome to enjoy driving on the most northern beaches as long as they travel via a four-wheeldrive (4WD) vehicle and follow the established laws. Driving on the beach is a unique experience and requires drivers to take many safety measures. Here are a few things to keep in mind while driving on the northern beaches:

• A valid driver’s license is required to operate a vehicle on the northern beaches.

• Gas tanks should be full before driving on the beach (No beach gas stations.)

• Currituck County requires that you air down your tires in a legal parking area before approaching the beach ramp entrance. An air up station is at Historic Corolla Park.

• Do not stop or park in the beach ramp entrance area. Use 4WD onto the ramp, maintain a slow, steady speed and watch for pedestrians at all times.

• Parking is not allowed on the beach until you reach milepost 14.5, which is 1.5 miles north of the entry point to the beaches, and Beach Access Permits are required between April 29 through October 7.

• The speed limit on the beach is 35 mph. When traveling within 300 feet of any person, the speed limit is 15 mph.

• Driving lanes in the 4WD area are located along the dune line and on the foreshore adjacent to the water’s edge. All vehicles are required to park on the beach strand centered between the drive lanes, and both drive lanes shall remain free of chairs, coolers and beach items at all times.

• Always remember to watch for pedestrians and horses while driving on the beach. For complete beach driving tips and rules, please see

Beach Access Permits 17
Between April 29 through October 7, a county issued beach access permit is required to be displayed in order to park on the 4WD beach. In addition, from 9 am till 5 pm each day, driving is prohibited on the foreshore between Mile Post 14.5 and Mile Post 17. For more information on obtaining a permit, visit or call 252.435.2947.

Plan a Gathering

Those searching for just the right place for a family reunion or gathering, look no further. The Currituck Outer Banks has a wide variety of rental properties, many with enough bedrooms and living space for everyone under one roof. What’s more, you may be surprised by how affordable they can be when everyone chips in— even in peak summer season. Visitors who’ve held reunions here with aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, grandparents and a passel of kids consistently testify to the unforgettable experience they had amidst the unmatched natural beauty that the Currituck Outer Banks provides.

The Destination for Weddings

Breathtaking scenery, warm coastal breezes, spectacular sunsets and an array of modern amenities make the Currituck Outer Banks a perfect setting for your destination wedding and reception. The Whalehead property in Historic Corolla Park, with its spectacular views of the Currituck Sound, is an especially popular location for outdoor, tented wedding celebrations. Historic Corolla Chapel is also appealing to many couples for its quaint charm. Or perhaps you’ll want to take the plunge on the terrace of your own, oceanside rental—or right on the beach. Whatever your desire, you’ll have a wide variety of services to choose from, including local event planners, florists, caterers, makeup artists, officiants and photographers. For more information on weddings on the Currituck Outer Banks, please see


Within a Day’s Drive

There are numerous great attractions that are just a short drive from Currituck. Wright Brothers National Memorial

The grounds, located in Kill Devil Hills, include historical markers, replica camp buildings, and a 60-foot granite monument honoring Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first powered flight. Open yearround. 252.473.2111;

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park consists of 426 acres in Nags Head. Enjoy hang gliding, kite flying and hiking. Call for hours, 252.441.7132;

North Carolina Aquarium

Located in Manteo, watch fish and sharks in a 285,000-gallon “Graveyard of the Atlantic” exhibit. 252.475.2300;

The Lost Colony

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green’s The Lost Colony recounts the exciting historical events leading to the disappearance of the first English colonists who settled here more than 400 years ago. Call for dates and admission, 252.473.6000;

Cape Hatteras Light Station

Standing 198 feet, this lighthouse is the tallest brick beacon in the U.S. open for climbing. Please call for hours and admission. 252.475.9000;

Ocracoke Island

This 16-mile island and fishing village was once the home of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. Visit via the HatterasOcracoke Ferry. 19

Helpful Beach Information

Each year, thousands of visitors enjoy the awe-inspiring beaches on the Currituck Outer Banks. Here are a few ways in which you and your family can help keep our beaches safe and protected while following county ordinances:

• The dunes have been protected since the 1930s; walking or driving on the dunes is prohibited.

• Open burning — including bonfires — along the beaches is prohibited; licensed commercial fishermen engaged in fishing are exempt.

• Overnight camping on the beach is prohibited.

• The wild horses should be enjoyed from a safe distance of at least 50 feet and cannot be fed (by County ordinance).

• Do not park your vehicle or set up beach equipment next to the water’s edge or dune line. These lanes are designated fire and emergency vehicle traffic lanes.

Make It Your Nature to Protect North Carolina’s Outdoor Spaces

The North Carolina outdoors is really a reflection of you. That’s why Currituck Outer Banks Tourism has partnered together with Visit NC, the NC Outdoor Recreation Industry and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to make it easy for you to help preserve the natural beauty of our state. For more information on how you can make an impact, please see


Visiting in the Off-Season

While the Currituck Outer Banks is best known as a summer paradise, many relish visiting in the off-season from Labor Day to just before Memorial Day. These are the days visitors can enjoy more of the beach to themselves and accommodations providers often offer special rates. Fall, winter and spring temperatures in Corolla are generally mild, and off-season months are especially good for surfing, fishing, simply taking long strolls on the beach, or sitting by the fireplace in the evening.


Monthly Temperatures & Precipitation

Feb Mar Apr May Jun H 50° 53° 59° 68° 75° 83° L 32° 33° 39° 47° 56° 65° A 41° 43° 49° 57° 65° 74°

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

H 87° 86° 81° 72° 63° 55° L 70° 69° 65° 54° 44° 37° A 79° 77° 73° 63° 54° 46° P 4.5 5.4 4.5 3.6 3.0 3.1

H - High L - Low A - Average P - Precipitation Temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches

P 4.3 3.4 4.0 2.8 4.0 3.5 21

Hurricane Evacuation

Over the past several years, U.S. hurricane warning systems have provided adequate time for people on barrier islands and the coastline to move inland when hurricanes threaten. Most visitors in hurricane-prone areas have never experienced the core of a “major” hurricane; this often leads to delayed actions, which could result in the loss of lives.

If Evacuation Becomes Necessary:

• Follow the Hurricane Evacuation Route road signs.

• Avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.

• Give yourself plenty of time; roads and bridges frequently become crowded and traffic moves slowly.

• Relatives and friends will be concerned about your safety; let someone know where you are to help relieve their fear and anxiety.

How to Find Evacuation / Re-entry


• Contact your accommodation provider; they should have the most current information.

• Call Currituck County Emergency Communications, 252-232-2115. This is the official source of emergency information for Currituck County.

• Access or or for the most up-to-date information.

• Tune in to local TV or radio stations.

SAFECOROLLA text notification system: For summer beach conditions and safety updates, text: SAFECOROLLA to 888-777.


Rip Currents

Rip currents are the leading surf hazard for all beach-goers. Particularly dangerous for weak swimmers, rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmers out to sea. To ensure your family’s safety, always swim near a lifeguard. If you see red flags flying, this indicates that a rip current has been spotted, or due to the conditions in the water, a rip current is likely to occur. (No swimming is allowed when red flags are flying.) If you find yourself caught in a rip current, do not panic; the rip current will pull you away from shore but it won’t pull you under water. Since they are too strong to fight head on, don’t try to swim directly toward the shore. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you escape the current and can then make your way back to shore.

• Don’t try to swim directly to shore; swim out of the current in a direction parallel to the shoreline.

• Once you get out of the current, swim at an angle away from the current and toward the shore.

• If you become tired, try floating or treading water.

• If you need assistance, wave your arms for help. You should never swim alone.

Emergency Services:

• Corolla Beach Rescue 520 Old Stoney Rd., Corolla, NC 252.453.3025 •

• Carova Beach Volunteer Fire & Rescue 2169 Ocean Pearl Rd., Corolla, NC 252.453.8690 •

The Corolla SEAL Program

The Corolla Safety Education & Aquatic Learning Program is a 2-hour program designed for children ages 6 to 13. Instructors from Corolla Lifesaving Association teach children about the ocean, first aid,and physical fitness. Visit or email for more info. 23

Short Stay Accommodations

Hampton Inn & Suites

Outer Banks / Corolla

Retreat from the world, where quiet comforts and uncommon luxury complement this extraordinary oceanfront setting. Stay for a night, a weekend, or an entire vacation, and enjoy the hospitality that makes this Inn an award-winning hotel.

333 Audubon Dr. 252.453.6565

Inn At Corolla

The Inn offers a choice of 43 newly refurbished accommodations, many with fireplaces, whirlpools and other high-end amenities. Soundside rooms offer guests spectacular sunset views. The Inn is ideal for a romantic getaway or family retreat.

1066 Ocean Trl. 252.453.3340

Corolla Village Inn

Corolla Village Inn offers nightly rentals in Corolla, welcoming travelers searching for a comfortable, classic and generous living space, a friendly staff, and special attention to detail.

1149 Persimmon St. 252.597.3422


Renting a Vacation Home

In Corolla, you’ll find a hotel and charming inns, but the most popular way to visit is by renting a house. Houses are equipped with spacious kitchens and modern appliances, as well as entertainment systems and other amenities. Many Corolla beach houses offer swimming pools and hot tubs.

Beach House Accommodation Providers

Atlantic Realty 877.858.4795

Beach Realty & ConstructionKitty Hawk Rentals


Brindley Beach Vacations & Sales


Carolina Designs Realty 800.368.3825

Carolina Shores Vacation Rentals



Carova Beach 4x4 Vacation Home


Corolla Classic Vacations 888.270.8523

Corolla Light Resort 252.453.2455

Outer Banks Blue 844-557-3463

Paramount Destinations



Resort Realty


Seaside Vacations


Shoreline OBX


Southern Shores Realty


Stan White Realty & Construction, Inc.


Sun Realty


Twiddy & Co. Realtors


Village Realty


Beach Rules & Safety

• ATV permits are issued to Currituck County property owners only. Operators of ATVs must be at least 16 years old, have a valid driver’s license, liability insurance and a permit issued by Currituck County. For information on acquiring an ATV permit, please visit

• Jet skis are not allowed to be launched on the ocean at any location on the Currituck Outer Banks. Riding jet skis is permitted in the Currituck Sound.

• Fireworks are extremely hazardous because of dry beach grasses, closelybuilt wood structures, high winds and other factors. It is illegal to launch fireworks that are self-propelled or ones that fly, spin or explode. Purchasers are responsible for making sure the fireworks they buy are legal in North Carolina. The state regulations for fireworks are strictly enforced on the beach, behind the dunes and throughout all of Currituck County.

• The use of sky lanterns (miniature unmanned hot air balloons relying on an open flame for propulsion) is prohibited by Currituck County ordinance.

• Unattended personal items must not be left on the beach after sunset and will be removed. Items include, but are not limited to, volleyball, badminton and tennis nets, poles, tents, horseshoe stakes, croquet courses, grills, umbrellas and equipment, beach chairs, cabanas and canopies.


Important Contacts

Emergency: Ambulance, Fire, Police 9.1.1

Non-emergency help or to report violations

Corolla 252.453.2121

Main Office 252.453.8204

Knotts Island 252.429.3827

Visitor Information: Visitor Centers

Mainland 877.287.7488

Corolla 252.453.9612

Public Information 252.232.0719

Currituck Chamber 252.453.9497

Medical Services: Outer Banks Hospital, Nags Head 252.449.4500

Beach Medical, Nags Head 252.261.4187

Sentara Albemarle

Medical Center 252.355.0531

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center 757.312 .8121

Currituck County

Health Department 252.232.2271

Useful Information:

Animal Control 252.453.8682

Currituck Airport 252.453.8032

Hurricane Evac. and Re-entry 252.232.2115

Barco Library 252.453.8345

Corolla Library 252.453.0496

Moyock Library 252.435.6419

Sheriff 252.453.2804

NCDOT Ferry 800-BY-FERRY 27

The Currituck Mainland

Currituck is split down the middle by the Currituck Sound, with Corolla and Carova to the east, and the Currituck Mainland on the inland side to the west. Most visitors traveling Rt. 168/158 from points north cross on to the Currituck Mainland at the Virginia/North Carolina state line. While on their way to the Wright Memorial Bridge and beyond, many savvy travelers stop to take in a few of the unique offerings and southern hospitality that this quiet rural community seems to have in abundance. On the road to the Outer Banks, there are many treasures to be found, and our visitors know well that their vacation is not just about the destination but includes the stops along the way. On the Mainland, in addition to unique retail shops, you can also find historic sites along with the H2OBX Waterpark and the Grave Digger Truck for the kids. After a visit to Currituck’s farm-to-fork produce stands, enjoy one-of-a kind eateries or a wine tasting at Sanctuary Vineyards. For beer lovers, there is the Weeping Radish Farm Brewery and Restaurant, home of North Carolina’s first microbrewery. The Mainland is your opportunity to create even more irreplaceable memories of your Corolla beach vacation. 29

Historic Roots

One of the oldest regions in North Carolina, Currituck has deep roots spanning over 350 years, and history enthusiasts will find a wealth of both stories and history on the Currituck Mainland. The region was first noted by European explorers when the Spanish landed on Currituck beaches in 1566 and settled just 50 years after the first settlement was established in Jamestown, Virginia. The county was officially established in 1668, and the Old Currituck Jail and Historic Courthouse, both originally constructed in the 1700s, are two of the oldest buildings in eastern North Carolina. The county was granted permission to build the Historic Currituck Jail in 1776, and the original Courthouse building was replaced in 1842 and is now used as government offices. Recognized by Civil War Trails as a significant war era location, there are eight Civil War markers throughout the county. For information on Civil War trails in Currituck, please visit or call 252.435.2947. The Historic Jarvisburg Colored School Museum, a rare example of a pre-Rosenwald African-American school, is another unique treasure on the Currituck Mainland. Founded in 1867, the site is considered one of the oldest AfricanAmerican schools in North Carolina and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For information and hours of this museum (located at 7300 Caratoke Hwy. in Jarvisburg), see


The Historic Jail & War Memorial

The Historic Courthouse is currently in use, and the Old Currituck Jail located at 145 Courthouse Rd., is undergoing renovations so that it can be opened to the public. For more, see

Visit NC Farms App Currituck is part of the Visit NC Farms mobile app which connects millions of residents and visitors with local farms & fisheries, local food & drink, farmers markets & u-pick, farm stays & lodging, tours & trails and special agricultural events across the state. See for more information.

Farm To Fork

From the moment you cross the state line into North Carolina (and on to the Currituck Mainland), one thing is abundantly evident. The Currituck Mainland is a farming community. As you drive south along Rt. 168/158, you may notice the small townships with names like Grandy, Barco and Jarvisburg. These were the names of family farms, some dating as far back as the country’s founding. And some of those families are still here, bringing you the rare opportunity to indulge yourself and your family with the freshest farm-to-fork fare around. So stop and stock-up on some locally grown fruits and vegetables at one of the Mainland’s numerous celebrated produce stands on your way to (or from) the Outer Banks. And it’s not just about the peaches, the fresh tomatoes, the beans and squash, Currituck is proud to be home to two established local vineyards, Sanctuary Vineyards (on the Mainland) and Martin’s Farm & Winery (on Knotts Island), offering tours, tastings, events and more. If you are a beer aficionado, you won’t want to miss your chance to experience North Carolina’s first microbrewery, The Weeping Radish Farm Brewery & Restaurant, offering unique locallysourced fare, beer and plenty of southern hospitality. 33

Mainland Recreation

The Mainland has a great diversity of recreational offerings. If you are looking to cool off on your way to, or from, the beach, you’ll want to plan a stop at H2OBX, a spectacular 80-acre waterpark not far from the Wright Memorial Bridge. Another great stop for the kids is Digger’s Dungeon, home of the famous Grave Digger monster truck, where visitors can admire the trucks on display or stop in at Digger’s Diner. If you are an equestrian enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to see the CCRC (Currituck County Rural Center), situated on 105 acres of wide-open green space. Located just off Rte. 158 in Powells Point, the CCRC is the Mainland’s premier venue for equestrian events. For the outdoorsmen, the Mainland is a sportmen’s paradise and home to expert hunting and fishing guides. For most recreational hunting and fishing, a license is required for those 16 years of age and older. For those simply looking for a scenic spot for a picnic, the Mainland has no less than 5 parks that are open to the public. Because of its convenient location just south of the VA/NC border, and its excellent athletic fields, the Mainland is also a hot destination for youth travel ball and tournaments. To learn more about tournament sports in Currituck, please visit


The CCRC, Currituck County Rural Center

Known for its equestrian events and first-rate riding facilities, the CCRC also features a public nature boardwalk, kayak launch, stocked fishing ponds and picnic pavilions. Located at 184 Milburn Sawyer Rd. in Powells Point, 252.232.2262.

Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway

Coinjock Marina, located at 321 Waterlily Road in Coinjock, is open year-round and offers the full spectrum of amenities to recreational boaters. For more info, please see

Knotts Island

Another unique destination for nature lovers is Knotts Island, accessible from the Mainland via the Knotts Island Ferry and also by way of the back roads of Virginia Beach to Marsh Causeway (Rte. 615) on the north end. Knotts Island is home to Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, a birders’ paradise and the natural habitat of 160 species. The refuge also supports white-tailed deer, raccoon, mink, muskrat, otter, fox, bobcat and opossum. There are observation points along the roads and miles of hiking trails, some of which are suitable for bicycles. If you explore the small rural community that surrounds the refuge, you’ll likely find Martin Farm and Winery, with a large orchard where families can pick their own peaches, grapes and apples in season.

The Intracoastal Waterway

In 1859, waters that would eventually become known as the Intracoastal Waterway had opened, providing passage for mariners traveling from Maine to Florida. The waterway, which began as a trade route for shipping companies, is now used as a recreational route for North Carolina sailors and boaters who want to explore the East Coast. The waterway cuts through the middle of the Currituck Mainland at Coinjock, where you’ll find Coinjock Marina and Restaurant serving those seafaring recreational travelers with fuel, dining, maintenance and more. 37
Pearl’s Bay Villa Marina & Restaurant Located on Knotts Island at 112 Bay Villa Lane, Pearl’s is a full-service marina located directly across the sound from Carova Beach. For more, please see
Warm and Welcoming In Corolla, you’ll find plentiful opportunities to take in unique shopping and dining experiences with warm and welcoming proprietors eager to meet your every need. For the most updated Information on shopping and dining offerings in Corolla, please visit us online at

Corolla Dining

Corolla Light Town Center

Corolla Cantina

252.597.1730 • 1159 Austin St. •

Cosmo’s Pizzeria

• Mexican cuisine, lunch, dinner

252.453.4666 • 110 C Corolla Light Town Center • • Hand tossed pizza, hoagies, salads, lunch, dinner

Fat Crabs Rib Company

252.453.9931 • 1159 A Austin St. •

Ned’s Ice Cream & Sweet Treats

• NC BBQ, ribs, rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, seafood, lunch, dinner

252.453.8821 • 1159 I Austin St. • Hand scooped ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, candies, lunch, dinner

Northern Lights Bakery

252.453.0201 • 1159 Austin St. • Donuts, muffins, cookies, pastries, cakes, coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Broken Plate Kitchen

252.597.3294 • 1159 Austin St. •

OBX Deli & Cheese Steaks

• American favorites, breakfast, lunch, dinner

252.453.0344 • 1109 J Austin St. • Cheese steaks, hot subs, paninis, sides, lunch, dinner

Uncle Ike’s

252.597.1606 • 1159 Austin St., A&B •

Historic Corolla Village

Corolla Scoops & Sweets

252.453.2580 • 1152 Ocean Trl.

Corolla Pizza & Deli

• Seafood, salad, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, dinner


252.453.8592 • 1152 Ocean Trl. •

Corolla Village BBQ

• Ice cream, milkshakes, floats, candy

• Pizza, subs, burgers, salads, sandwiches, lunch, dinner

252.457.0076 • 1129 Corolla Village Rd. •

The Shack Coffee Shop and Beer Garden

• Pulled pork, ribs, chicken, side dishes, lunch, dinner

252.597.1500 • 1148 Ocean Trl. • • • Coffee, beer, bagels, muffins

Monterey Plaza

Agave Roja

252.453.0446 • 807 B Ocean Trl. • • Mexican Cuisine, lunch, dinner

Butcher Block

252.453.3663 • 807 Ocean Trl. • • Deli sandwiches, salads, lunch


252.453.6291 • 809 Ocean Trl. • • Coffee, donuts, bagels, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Lighthouse Bagels & Deli

252.453.9998 • 807 Ocean Trl. • • Bagels, subs, burgers, breakfast, lunch

Lucky’s Pizza & Sub House

252.597.3222 • 815 A Ocean Trl. • • Pizza, subs, wings, lunch, dinner

Outer Banks Coffee Company

252.453.0200 • 807 L Ocean Trl. • • Coffee, lattes, mochas, donuts, pastries, breads, breakfast, lunch 39

Monterey Plaza (Continued)

Philly Steak Subs

252.453.4239 • 807 Ocean Trl. •

Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack

252.453.4423 • 807 B Ocean Trl. •

Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill

252.453.4263 • 807 Ocean Trl. •

Sunfish Grill

252.453.4663 • 813 B Ocean Trl. •

Ocean Club Centre

Metropolis Little Bar & Bistro

• Cheese steaks, subs, burgers, lunch, dinner

• NC BBQ, chicken, lunch, dinner

• Sandwiches, burgers, seafood, lunch, dinner

• Seafood, lunch, dinner

252.453.6167 • 520 Old Stoney Rd. •

Bacchus Wine & Beer Bistro

• Tapas, cocktails, dinner

252.453.4333 • 501 Old Stoney Rd. •

The Shoppes at Currituck Club

The Chill Spot

610 Currituck Clubhouse Dr. •

Bunkers Grille

• Cheeses, Boar’s Head sandwiches, lunch

• Ice Cream, lunch, dinner

252.453.9400 • 620 Currituck Clubhouse Dr. •

Duck Donuts

• Soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, lunch, dinner

252.453.3210 • 603 Currituck Clubhouse Dr. • • Breakfast, lunch

Island Smoothie

252.453.4545 • 603 C Currituck Clubhouse Dr. • • Salads, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Pizzazz Pizza

252.261.1111 • 603 E Currituck Clubhouse Dr. • • Pizza, salads, hot subs, lunch, dinner

Urban Kitchen

252.453.4453 • 603 B Currituck Clubhouse Dr. • • Pork, chicken, seafood, dinner

TimBuck II

Big Buck’s Ice Cream & Espresso Bar

252.453.3188 • 794 F Sunset Blvd. • • Smoothies, frozen yogurt, custard, lunch, dinner


252.453.3095 • 798 A Sunset Blvd. • • Coffee, juice, gelato, breakfast, lunch, dinner

First Light Breakfast & Burgers

252.453.4664 • 790 Ocean Trl. • • Pancakes, burgers, seafood, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Giant Slice Pizza

252.453.3199 • 785 H Sunset Blvd. • • Pizza, subs, salads, wings, calzones, lunch, dinner

La Dolce Vita

252.453.0069 • 798 C Sunset Blvd. • • Pizza, pasta, seafood, soup, salads, lunch, dinner

Mama Easley’s Grub Hut

252.453.2398 • 799 B Sunset Blvd. • • Seafood, burgers, beer, lunch, dinner

TimBuck II (Continued)

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room

252.453.4336 • 777 A Sunset Blvd. •

North Banks Restaurant

252.453.3344 • 794 G Sunset Blvd. •

Upside Restaurant & Bar

252.597.3030 • 797 Sunset Blvd. •

Other Corolla Locations

Oceanfront Grille at Corolla Light

• USDA prime beef, seafood, salads, soups, sushi, lunch, dinner

• Seafood, salads, sandwiches, pasta, chicken, steak, lunch, dinner

• Seafood, comfort food favorites, desserts, lunch, dinner

252.453.4748 • 1197 Franklyn St. •

• Seafood, steaks, chicken, lamb, dinner

Corolla Shopping

Corolla Light Town Center

Flying Smiles Kites

252.453.8442 • 1159 Austin St. •

Island Revolution

• Specialty kites, puzzles, games

252.453.9484 • 1159 E Austin St. • Mini-golf course, skate/surf gear, apparel, surf lessons

Historic Corolla Park

Currituck Beach Lighthouse Gift Shop

252.453.4939 • 1101 Corolla Village Rd. •

Historic Corolla Village

Island Bookstore

252.453.2292 • 1130 Corolla Village Rd. •

Spry Creek Home Accents & Gifts

252.453.0199 • 1122 Corolla Village Rd. •

The Kind Cup/Coffee & Art

• Lighthouse items, accessories

• Books, audio books, accessories

• Home accents, gifts, local artwork

252.597.3444 • 1129 Corolla Village Rd. •

Monterey Plaza

Birthday Suits

252.453.4862 • 801 Ocean Trl. •

Butcher Block

• Jewelry, paintings, pottery, locally crafted gifts

• Swimsuits, accessories

252.453.3663 • 807 Ocean Trl. •

Corolla Surf Shop

252.453.9283 807 Ocean Trl. •

Dockside North Seafood Market

252.453.8112 • 819 C Ocean Trl. •

Kitty Hawk Kites

252.453.3685 • 819 Ocean Trl.

Ocean Drive Beach Wear

252.453.9885 • 807 Ocean Trl.

• Fine meats, seafood

• Surf, paddle and boogie boards, lessons, rentals, clothing

• Fresh and prepared seafood


• Swimwear, accessories, jewelry, beach supplies

• Swimwear, accessories, jewelry, beach supplies

Monterey Plaza (Continued)

OBX Bait & Tackle

252.453.3339 • 815 B Ocean Trl. •

The Shops at Currituck Club

Corolla Bait & Tackle

• Fishing supplies, sportswear

252.453.9500 • 603 F Currituck Clubhouse Dr. •

TimBuck II

Beach Braids - Hair Wraps & Henna

252.453.0310 • 791 Sunset Blvd. •


• Bait, tackle, fishing classes, charter excursions

• Hair wraps, temporary tattoos

252-597-3227 • 794 Sunset Blvd. Unit J •

Beef Jerky Experience Outer Banks

252.597.3398 • 794-B Sunset Blvd. •

Brew Thru

252.453.2878 • 790 Ocean Trl. •

The Cottage Shop

• Books

• Beef jerky

• Beer, wine, soda, snacks, T-shirts

252.453.3525 • 790 N Ocean Trl. Unit G •

Outer Banks Massage Therapy

252.639.0623 • 791 B Sunset Blvd.

Corolla Sweet Cups & Cupcakes

• Decorative accessories, decor, gifts for all occasions


252.597.1678 • 797 Sunset Blvd. •

Corolla Wine & Cigar

• Wide variety of packages available, open year-round

• Homemade treats

252.453.6048 • 794 M Sunset Blvd. •

Cotton Gin

252.453.4446 • 789 Sunset Blvd. •

Dolphin Watch Gallery

• Wine, cigars, beer, gourmet items

• Beach collectibles, apparel, home furnishings, gifts

252.453.2592 • 793 B Sunset Blvd. •

Eclectic Treasures

• Art, custom framing, mosaics, stained glass, jewelry

252.453.0008 • 794 Sunset Blvd. • • Art, crafts, gifts

Ella’s Olive

252.715.6548 • 790 Sunset Blvd. Unit E • • Olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gourmet foods

Gray’s Outer Banks Lifestyle Clothing Company

252.457.1058 • 792 Sunset Blvd. • • T-shirts,sweatshirts,hats,gifts

Kitty Hawk Kites

252.453.3685 • 794 L Sunset Blvd. • • Specialty kites

Kitty Hawk Surf Company

252.453.4999 • 790 Ocean Trl. • • Watersports gear, apparel

Michael’s Gems & Glass

252.453.4310 • 794 N Sunset Blvd. •

Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photo

• Rocks, fossils, minerals, glass, jewelry

252.453.5011 • 794 Sunset Blvd. • • Souvenirs, vintage, clothing, posters

TimBuck II (Continued)

Mustang Sally’s

252.453.4749 • 790 L Sunset Blvd. •

Mystic Jewel

252.453.3797 • 793 Sunset Blvd. •

Nags Head Hammocks

• Clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry

• Jewelry, gifts

252.453.4611 • 799 Sunset Blvd. • • Hammocks, home furnishings

Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe

252.453.4000 • 799 Sunset Blvd. • • Popcorn, tins

Salty Skies Boutique

252.597.3311 • 790 Sunset Blvd. •

Seaside Market

• Contemporary apparel, jewelry, toys, party supplies

252.453.8285 • 787 Sunset Blvd. • • Fresh Produce

Sound Feet Shoes

252.453.9787 • 794 Sunset Blvd. • • Birkenstock, casual, boots

The Fudgery

252.453.8882 • 790 M Ocean Trl. • • Fudge, dessert sauces

Try My Nuts Co.

252.453.4955 • 785 Sunset Blvd. • • Snacks, nuts, hot sauces, BBQ sauces, apparel

Other Corolla Locations

Super Wings

252.453.9744 • 818 Ocean Trl. • T-shirts, swimsuits, sunglasses, souvenirs

Bluewater Seafood Market

252.453.9921 • 501 C Stoney Rd. •

Corolla Bait & Tackle

252.453.9500 • 1070 Ocean Trl. •

Farmer’s Daughter

252.453.9116 • 812 Ocean Trl. •

Northern Outer Banks Brewing Company

• Seafood to go, fresh or cooked to order

• Bait, tackle, ishing classes, charter excursions

• Collectibles, gifts, home décor

252.207.1890 • 520 Old Stoney Rd. •

Super Wings Corolla

• Beer

252.453.9744 • 818 Ocean Trl. • Apparel, bathing suits, beach accessories, souvenirs

Just for the Beach Rentals

252.453.4505 • 520 B Old Stoney Rd. •

• Bikes, water sports & beach equipment, baby gear

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Treasures on the Road to Corolla

On the Currituck Mainland, you’ll find unique and eclectic shopping and dining experiences abound for savvy visitors who know to stop and take in a few of these one-of-a-kind jewels. For the most up to date information on Mainland shopping and dining, please visit us online at

Mainland Dining

Knotts Island

Pearl’s Bay Villa Marina & Restaurant

252.429.3559 • 112 Bay Villa Ln. • Prime rib, seafood, steaks, dinner


AJ Gators Bar & Grill

252.435.6106 • 105 Currituck Commercial Dr. Unit A • • Pizza, burgers, wings, lunch, dinner

Eagle Creek Bar & Grill

252.232.9902 • 109 Greenview Dr. • • Coffee, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, breakfast, lunch, dinner

El Potrillo

252.435.0601 • 102 Moyock Commons Dr. • • Mexican cuisine, lunch, dinner

Moyock Pizza Kitchen

252.435.2356 • 112 Currituck Commercial Dr. • Pizza, wings, lunch, dinner

LJ Beaners Bakery and Cafe

252.435.6580 • 155 Survey Rd. •

Mr. Lu Chinese

• Homemade baked goods, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch

252.435.1688 • 102 F Moyock Commons Dr. • Lunch, dinner

Sakura Hibachi & Sushi

252.435.6788 • 102 Moyock Commons Dr. •

Southland Trade Restaurant

252.435.6247 • 141 Caratoke Hwy. •


Scoops Ice Cream Shop

• Hibachi, sushi, soups, lunch, dinner

• BBQ, fried chicken, steak, seafood, breakfast, lunch, dinner

252.455.2647 • 1825 Shortcut Rd. • Ice Cream, lunch, dinner


Currituck BBQ Company

252.453.6618 • 4467 Caratoke Hwy. •

Frog Island Seafood

• NC BBQ, ribs, brisket, chicken, homemade sides, lunch, dinner

252.453.2879 • 3997 Caratoke Hwy. •


Pass The Salt Cafe

• Freshest North Carolina seafood, lunch, dinner

252.722.3355 • 138 Courthouse Rd. • • BBQ, sandwiches, baked goods, lunch, dinner


Coinjock Marina

252.453.3271 • 321 Waterlily Rd. •

Poplar Branch

Digger’s Diner

• Prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, lunch, dinner

252.453.0971 • 5666 Caratoke Hwy. • Burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch 45


Barry’s on Walnut Island Restaurant and Lodge

252.453.2261 • 169 Walnut Island Blvd. •


252.453.4298 • 6520 Caratoke Hwy. •

El Potrillo #2

• Seafood, Angus steaks, homemade desserts, lunch, dinner

• Coffee, donuts, bagels, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, dinner

252.453.8085 • 109 Forbes Loop Rd. •

Mel’s Diner

• Mexican cuisine, lunch, dinner

252.457.1010 • 6684 Caratoke Hwy. • Burgers, sandwiches, lunch, dinner

Number 1 Chinese

252.453.9712 • 109 Forbes Loop Rd. • Lunch, dinner

Pizzazz Pizza

252.453.2800 • 109 Forbes Loop Rd. •

Tucker’s Sports Bar & Grille

252.453.9568 • 127 Carolina Club Dr. •

Weeping Radish Farm Brewery & Eco Farm

• Pizza, subs, snacks, dinner

• Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, dinner

252.491.5205 • 6810 Caratoke Hwy. •

Wiseguys Pies

252.453.3456 • 6614 Caratoke Hwy. •


BJ’s Carolina Café

252.491.5222 • 7069 Caratoke Hwy. •

Powells Point

Black Tartan Tap Room

252.491.8329 • 215 West Side Ln. •

Simply Southern Kitchen

• On-site butchery, micro-brewed beer, lunch, dinner

• Pizza, hoagies, calzones, salads, appetizers, lunch, dinner

• NC BBQ, seafood, chicken, steaks, lunch, dinner

• Soup, salads, sandwiches, lunch

252.491.8100 • 8627 Caratoke Hwy. •

• Southern favorites, breakfast, lunch, dinner Get

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Mainland Shopping

Knotts Island

Knotts Island Market

252.429.3305 • 395 Knotts Island Rd. • Deli, movies, bait, groceries

Martin Farm and Winery

252.429.3542 • 213 Martin Farm Ln. •


Border Station

• Wine, tasting room

252.435.2665 • 101 Caratoke Hwy. • • Beach apparel, souvenirs, nuts, jams, jellies, collectibles

Built To Last

252.232.0055 • 417 Caratoke Hwy. •

Boonie’s Beer and Wine

• Adirondack furniture, bar sets, garden benches, porch swings-

252.435.1629 • 103-E Moyock Commons Dr. • Wine, beer, spirits store

Harvey’s Outdoor Furniture Outlet

252.435.0528 • 384 Caratoke Hwy. • Wide selection of outdoor patio furniture at great prices

Moyock Farm Market

252.455.0277 • 193 Camellia Rd. • Fresh produce, seafood, plants

Powell’s Roadside Market

252.232.2547 • 2138 Caratoke Hwy. • Fresh produce

Southland Trade Corporation

252.435.6247 • 141 Caratoke Hwy. •


Powell’s Roadside Packing Shed

252.232.2547 • 2406 Caratoke Hwy. • Fresh produce


Currituck Sports

• Home décor, jewelry, gifts

252.453.2480 • 4306 Caratoke Hwy. • • Bait, tackle, clothing, fishing and hunting licenses

Morris Farm Market

252.453.2837 • 3784 Caratoke Hwy. • • Fresh produce, ice cream, wine, fresh baked goods

Poplar Branch

Coastal Accents

252.453.3501 • 5705 Caratoke Hwy. • • Furniture, home décor

Digger’s Dungeon

252.453.4121 • 5650 Caratoke Hwy. • • Digger gear, rides


Indiantown Farms

252.336.4347 • 315 South Indiantown Rd. • Fresh produce

Roberts Ridge Farm

252.336.2691 • 501 N Indiantown Rd. • Fresh produce


Beacon Seafood

252.457.9999 • 6378 Caratoke Hwy. • Fresh seafood

Flippers Convenience & Arcade

252.453.4386 • 6615 Caratoke Hwy. •

Grandy Farm Market

252.453.2658 • 6264 Caratoke Hwy. •

Outback Candy Store

252.722.6505 • 6322 Caratoke Hwy. •

Tarheel Produce

252.491.8600 • 6954 Caratoke Hwy. • Fresh produce

The Rose Tree

252.453.8066 • 6282 Caratoke Hwy. • Gifts, garden items

The Sweet Sunflour

• Snacks, arcade, beverages

• Fresh produce, fresh baked goods, jams

• Candy, ice cream, milkshakes, & more

252.267.3881 • 6322 Caratoke Hwy. •

Weeping Radish Farm Brewery & Eco Farm

252.491.5205 • 6810 Caratoke Hwy. •


Outer Banks Harley Davidson

252.338.8866 • 8739 Caratoke Hwy. •


Sanctuary Vineyards

• Cupcakes, cakes, cookies & pies

• Hormone-free meats, fish, on-site butchery, micro-brewed beers

• Harley Davidson sales, rentals, service, parts, accessories

252.491.2387 • 7005 Caratoke Hwy. •

Point Harbor

Carolina Charm Plants & Gifts

252.491.8696 •

Powells Point

Cast Stone Studio

• Gifts, yard art

252.491.8624 • 8021 Caratoke Hwy. •

Westside Athletic Club

252.491.8626 • 101 Wimbledon Ct.

Lammers Glass Gifts & Antiques

• Wine, tasting room

• Cast stone artwork, garden fountains

• Tennis racquets, accessories, clothing

252.491.2303 • 7715 Caratoke Hwy. •

Tobacco Barn

• Stained glass panels, lamps, sun catchers, jewelry, candles

252.491.8323 • 7542 Caratoke Hwy. • Tobacco products, gifts, accessories, souvenirs

For Additional and Updated Information

For the latest info. on Mainland shopping, dining and accommodations, please see

Mainland Accommodations

Barry’s on Walnut Island

Restaurant & Lodge


169 Walnut Island Blvd.

Bells Island Campground


769 Bells Island Rd.

Cottages at Kilmarlic

252.491.4220, 252.491.5460

111 Northside Ln.

Outer Banks West, Currituck Sound KOA Holiday

800.562.3136 • 252.453.2732

1631 Waterlily Rd.

Sea Oats Motel


112 North River Rd.

Waterfield Place


7868 Caratoke Hwy.

Knotts Island


Barnes Hunting Lodge


108 Barnes Ln.

Sandy Point Resort Campground


176 Sandy Point Dr.

For Additional and Updated
For events taking place on the Currituck Outer Banks, please visit us online at

Seasonal Events


Outer Banks Bike Week

(Harbinger) Cruise the stretch of sand traveled by pirates nearly 300 years ago.

Currituck Home, Flower & Garden Show (Barco) One-stop shop for plants of all varieties, crafts and gardening expertise.

Barry’s Bike Week

(Grandy) Barry’s on Walnut Island welcomes bikers to join the fun with live music, games, food and contests.

Outdoors Day

(Corolla) Get outside and learn about activities such as kayaking, fishing, archery and crabbing at the OBX Center for Wildlife Education.


Lighthouse 5K Series

(Corolla) Fun and family-friendly 5k races for runners of all levels take place May through September in Historic Corolla Park.


Corolla Cork & Craft

(Corolla) Weekly Wednesday summer wine and beer mixer featuring art and craft vendors, live music and local food vendors.


Under the Oaks Arts Festival

(Corolla) This festival held in Historic Corolla Park features over 60 talented artists, live music, local food, an art auction and kids’ activities.

. The Peach Festival (Knotts Island) This fun familyfriendly event invites attendees to sample local peaches and enjoy live music, craft and food vendors, entertainment and activities


Currituck Outer Banks

Annual Independence Day Celebration (Corolla)

This annual July event features live music, food vendors, activities for kids and a stunning display of fireworks in Historic Corolla Park.


Outer Banks Bike Show

(Grandy) One of the oldest motorcycle events in Northeastern N.C., the Labor Day weekend event features live music, contests and food vendors.

Currituck Wildlife Festival

(Barco) The Currituck Wildlife Festival is a local tradition that features world-renowned carvers, painters and other talented artists.


Crabdaddy Seafood & Wine Festival

(Jarvisburg) Celebrating the crab with local wines & beer, fresh local seafood and live music.


Currituck Bulls & BBQ

(Powells Point) This festival hosted at the Currituck County Rural Center features a bull riding rodeo and barbecue competition and includes live music, exhibits, food vendors and family-friendly activities.

The Big Currishuck

(Jarvisburg) Start off oyster season at the Big Currishuck with steamed oysters, live music and sampling of local wine and beer.

Whalehead’s Candlelight Christmas in Corolla

(Corolla) Enjoy Whalehead’s special Candlelight Christmas Tour series, craft and Christmas village at Historic Corolla Park and Corolla Village, decorated for the season.


The Currituck Arts & Crafts Festival

(Barco) A holiday tradition on the Currituck Mainland featuring local artisans and their crafts. 51

Travel & Transportation

Most visitors to the Currituck Outer Banks travel by automobile following Route 168/158 south through the Currituck Mainland to the Wright Memorial Bridge, then heading north on main beach road, Hwy. 12, for approximately 12 miles to reach Corolla and Carova.

Currituck County Regional Airport (ONX)

A county operated general aviation airport that is open to the public, located on the Currituck Mainland in northeastern North Carolina. 264 Airport Rd., Maple, NC 27956 252.453.2876

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)

Major airport serving coastal Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. American, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways offer convenient daily access to hundreds of cities.

2200 Norview Ave., Norfolk, VA 23518


Currituck County Department of Travel and Tourism strives to provide information that is accurate,reliable and up-to-date; however, any person who relies on information obtained from this guide does so at his or her own risk. The department will not be held liable for any losses caused by relying on such information. The business listings, phone numbers and web links published in this guide are maintained by public and private organizations other than the County of Currituck, and therefore are not endorsed by the county. This information is included for the convenience of users to provide a range of informational resources. Information contained within this guide should not be construed as a recommendation but as a list of businesses and services provided for visitors to Currituck County.

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Corolla Visitor Center

500 Hunt Club Drive, Corolla, NC • 252.453.9612

( At Ocean Club Centre, 3 miles south of TimBuck II Shopping Center)

Currituck Welcome Center

106 Caratoke Highway, Moyock, NC • 252.435.2947

( At the North Carolina/Virginia State Line)

Published by the Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism 106 Caratoke Highway, Moyock, NC 27958 •
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