Like the other established towns on the Outer Banks, the business district of Kill Devil Hills grew up around the beach and a wide range of services and products are often available within walking distance.
On the north end, the beach tends to be narrower more narrow than the southern end. The CAMA Public Beach Access sign with an orange sun denotes public access and the facilities range from parking lots to simple walkways.
Most Kill Devil Hills beach access points are a small parking lot with a ramp leading to the ocean. There are two with more facilities. The Hayman Street Access provides ample street parking and a rinse shower. The Kill Devil Hills Bathhouse at the end of Ocean Bay Boulevard provides parking, restrooms and rinse showers.
Beach driving is permitted in the off-season.
WRIGHT BROTHERS MONUMENT
Located in the heart of Kill Devil Hills, the Monument perches on top of Kill Devil Hill – a massive sand dune that was stabilized in 1932 for the construction of the monument. The view from the top is spectacular and it’s worth the effort.
The grounds also contain a museum and visitor’s center. The museum is worth a visit, detailing the meticulous attention to detail the brothers demonstrated with artifacts and interactive displays. Part of the experience is the discussion of the Wright Brothers given by Park historians.
THE ALBEMARLE SOUND
Bay Drive parallels Kitty Hawk Bay, which is part of the Albemarle Sound. It is a beautiful part of the Outer Banks and worth a look.
Although there are no beaches on the soundside of Kill Devil Hills, there are four maintained access points. From north to south they are Arch Street, the Hayman Street Estuarine Access – which includes a very pleasant picnic area. Dock Street between Avalon and West Durham has a boat launch, and West Third Street is the farthest south.
NAGS HEAD WOODS
Encompassing parts of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, the entrance to Nags Head Woods is in Kill Devil Hills off Ocean Acres Drive. A part of the Nature Conservancy, Nags Head Woods is an 1100 acre gem of a maritime forest. Hiking trails traverse a terrain that is surprisingly rugged and hilly. The hills are relict sand dunes that over time have had enough soil deposited on them that hardwood trees have been able to take root.
The town of Kill Devil Hills maintains interconnecting multi-use trails designed for biking, jogging, skateboard or an evening stroll. The trails are part of a series of interconnecting trails that run from the Currituck County line to South Nags Head.
The Bay Drive trail connects with the airport entrance to the Wright Brothers Monument and is a fairly easy bike ride on flat terrain. That trail continues across the Bypass and connects with a multi-use trail along the Beach Road.
FIRST FLIGHT HIGH SCHOOL
The Dare County school system is one of the best in the state of North Carolina and First Flight High School has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence.
In addition to school activities, a number of other organizations take advantage of the school’s facilities.
The Outer Banks Daredevils – a summer league baseball team – play their games at the school’s ballpark and the school’s auditorium is the largest and best in the county and is made available to the public if scheduling permits.
The school is off Veteran’s Drive. The campus includes First Flight Middle School and First Flight Elementary School.