Resting on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kill Devil Hills is famous for being a historic location for the Wright Brothers, who invented and flew the world's first aeroplane. The quaint coastal village is brimming with aviation heritage, from monuments to museums and model aeroplanes.
Things to do in Kill Devil Hills
The wild beach of Kill Devil Hills boast perfect rolling waves and soft golden sand. The beach is also popular among surfers, swimmers and sunbathers. In winter, relish the thrill of driving a four-wheel drive along the dunes or enjoy a coastal walk to admire the colorful wooden houses lining the shores.
Aviation enthusiasts can visit the Wright Brother National Memorial. Marvel at the 18-meter-high granite monument, which marks the exact location of the world’s first successful flight. Learn about the achievements of American aviation over the last century and see life-size replicas of the Wright Brother aeroplane designs at the Visitor Centre.
Cast a line out at the historic Avalon Fishing Pier or reel in a catch on a local fishing charter. The creeks and inlets of Outer Banks are brimming with speckled trout. Want to keep active? Tour the North Carolina Coastal Reserve on a stand-up paddleboard or practice your golf swing on the Seascape Links Golf Course.
Explore the sand dunes, marshes, ponds and forests of Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve. Seven scenic nature trails are open from dawn to dusk, while gravel roads are available for cycling. Follow the wooden boardwalk across the moss-covered swamps or trek beneath a canopy of towering oaks to a quiet beach on the Roanoke Trail.
Getting around Kill Devil Hills
Kill Devil Hills is a six-hour drive from Charlotte and a 1.5-hour drive from Norfolk International Airport. Kill Devil Hills is easily explored on foot or by using local buses and taxis.