Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, consists of a thriving Village that has been around for generations, a newer beach community of residential cottages, and a maritime forest called Kitty Hawk Woods which features a wide variety of plant and animal life.


Once a remote area, Kitty Hawk has grown into a summer resort area and provides some of the best beach recreation on the North Carolina Coast

The beach and village consist of low to medium density, single-family residential developments served by small businesses. Both the beach and the village share a feeling that development remains on a human scale and in harmony with nature. It is a pattern and character of development that the Town's people, both year-round and seasonal, are quite comfortable with and want to retain.

When Orville Wright stepped ashore in Kitty Hawk Village in the fall of 1900, he probably already knew that he and his brother were destined to make history as discoverers of flight. After all, they had chosen this remote fishing village on the Outer Banks partly for privacy from prying eyes.

Three years later, they would indeed break the bonds of earth for the first time in their heavier than air flying machine. From that moment forward, Kitty Hawk would forever be associated with the Wright Brothers as the birthplace of aviation -although the actual flight took place four miles south from the base of Kill Devil Hill.

Today, the once-tiny soundside village is one of the largest townships on the Outer Banks. On the oceanside, thousands of rental homes, restaurants and shops are part of the development that has characterized the northern Outer Banks from Nags Head to Corolla.

But along the Albemarle Sound, the village remains a treat for those who to choose to take a drive off the beaten path. Shaded lanes wind along the marshes. Quaint clapboard cottages and fishing boats line a series of canals that lead to the open waters of the Sound. And life takes on a more leisurely pace that is reminiscent of the way Outer Bankers used to live.

In 1903, Orville Wright telegraphed home the triumphant news of the first powered flight. The telegraph was dispatched from Kitty Hawk. This, along with the isolation of the area and the unusual names themselves, led to the subsequent confusion as to where the first flight actually occurred.

Wright Brothers National Memorial and Visitor Center and the Memorial Pylon are nearby reminders of the days when Orville and Wilbur Wright made this area their headquarters.

Get in

By plane

The Norfolk International Airport is only 1 hour and 30 minutes away. It is right off the highway and an easy drive to the Outer Banks and Kiity Hawk. You can also check flights into Newport News. That drive would be about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pitt-Greenville is about three hours away.

By boat

Get around

There is no local bus service. Use a private car, or hire a taxi. Walking and bicycling is also possible.



Activities include kayaking, parasailing, boating, fishing, surfing and surfing lessons.



Kitty Hawk ABC Store The only liquor store in Kitty Hawk. Liquor, cordials & some mixers. +1 252-261-2477

Farmer 2 Fork Market & Culinary Services Gourmet market, butcher and catering. +1 252-480-3100

Red's Carolina Outfitters Camping and hunting gear, military surplus. +1 252-261-6681


Black Pelican Restaurant Historic restaurant. Dining, nightlife & seafood. +1 252-261-3171

Hooters Of Kitty Hawk Wings, burgers, seafood & sports. +1 252-255-1808

Ocean Boulevard World class dining. +1 252-261-2546

Pizzazz Pizza Kitty Hawk Pizza, subs, wings, buffet and salad bar. Delivery. +1 252-261-1111

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet A crab lovers dream. +1 252-261-4973


Barefoot Bernies Tropical Grill & Bar Fun, casual place with great food and a lively ambiance. +1 252-261-1008

Hurricane Mo's Beachside Bar & Grill Relaxed, casual dining, fresh Outer Banks Seafood. +1 252-255-0215

Rundown Café Oceanview surf bar with burgers, seafood, and salads. +1 252-255-0026


Go next

Routes through Kitty Hawk

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