About Nags Head
The origin of the town name of Nags Head comes from a story involving pirates and shipwrecks as most of the stories surrounding the area do. The local residents of the island known as the “Bankers” became opportunistic when it came to acquiring treasure as land pirates. They would tie a lantern around the neck of nag and walk the horse along the coast. The light would shine out to sea luring ships into the shallow water. A captain of a ship at sea would see the light and assume it was a ship anchored safely in a harbor. The captain would attempt to harbor his ship but it would run aground in the shallow waters. The pirates would loot the ship make the crew walk the plank and then burn it to the ground. There was a time that tourists referred to the entire Outer Banks as Nags Head. It is the most recognizable northern Outer Banks destination and has the longest stretch of oceanfront.
Things To Do in Nags Head
Gallery Row is found on the north end of Nags Head shops here display and eclectic mix of photography, original art, woodcarvings, and so much more.
Jockey’s Ridge Park
Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest living sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head it covers 426 acres of Dare County and one of the most visited park in the NC state park system. It is made up of three ecosystems, the Roanoke sound, the dune system and the maritime forest and is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks, North Carolina.
There is no admission fee or parking fee to enter the park. It is open year round except for Christmas day. There are outside bathroom facilities and visitors are encouraged to bring water and sunglasses with them. The dune conditions resemble desert-like conditions and can reach temperatures of 110 degrees with no shade. There is a visitor’s center with a museum and a gift shop and a hang gliding school. Many people choose the stunning sunset as a backdrop for family photos. Kite-flying is also a very popular activity.
Outer Banks Hospital
Located in Nags Head the only full service critical access hospital on the Outer Banks offers a wind range of inpatient and outpatient services.
Fishing in Nags head
If you join the NC Aquariums walk-on entrance to the Pier is free, discounts are offered on food and merchandise and free admission to the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
Jennette’s Pier also has a small aquarium and gift shop on the first floor. The top floor of the Pier is a reception area which offers panoramic ocean views and can accommodate up to 175 guests. The Oceanview Hall has tables, chairs and catering kitchen available for events at the Pier. It is a beautiful room with cathedral ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, fireplace, hardwood floors and a large wrap around balcony showcasing spectacular ocean views.
Fishing Rates are $12 for adults, $6 for 12 and under. To walk on the pier and enjoy the view $2 for adults and $1 for children. Rod rentals and annual passes are available.
Nags Head Fishing Pier
Located in south Nags Head it is one of the oldest and longest piers on the Outer Banks. The Pier House Restaurant offers beautiful ocean views and a hearty breakfast with a large outside deck. The deck regularly has live music and drink or food specials. This Pier is one of the few restaurants that serve food and drink on the Outer Banks beach.
Nags Head Golf Links
An award winning course featured in Golf Digest, Southern Links and GolfWeek. It is a Scottish tradition type course resplendent with rolling dunes and water vistas. Nags Head Golf Links has a driving range and practice green. The Links Grille serves up lunch specials, a full service bar and great sunsets.
Nags Head YMCA
YMCA has activities for every age, summer camps, aquatic activities an outdoor water park and skate park
Nags Head Shopping
Tanger Outlets – A Shoppers paradise with designer and brand-name stores