Wright Brothers Multi-use path, Kitty Hawk.

One of the most popular ways of touring the Outer Banks has become pedaling along any one of the multi-use paths that have been laid out over the past ten years or so. There are too many rides to list them all, but here are four easy rides in the largest towns on the Outer Banks. We’ll be taking a look at rides on the north end later.

Woods Road, Kitty Hawk

The Woods Road is the perfect ride on a windy day. Shielded from the worst of the wind by the massive trees of Kitty Hawk Woods, the trail is a beautiful shaded path that families regularly pedal. There is a fork in the road at Twofold that crosses a wooden foot bridge and ends in  a loop around the Austin Cemetery. Adds about two miles to the ride, but for a family wanting a bit more challenge, a great ride.

Best bet is to park at the David Pruitt playground just past the Dominion Power offices or at Sandy Run Park.

Bay Drive to Wright Brothers Multiuse Path, Kill Devil Hills & Kitty Hawk

This ride takes peddlers along the shore of Kitty Hawk Bay, a wide, fairly shallow part of the Albemarle Sound. The recommended parking area is at Windgrass Circle in Kitty Hawk so riders can either head north along the Wright Brothers Multi-use Path or up the hill to Tateway and then on to Bayshore Drive. Except for the hill at Tateway, this is a flat very easy ride.

Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

A flat easy ride with huge historic significance, this is a great ride for kids eight and up. The best parking for the ride is at the Wright Brothers Airport off Ocean Bay Boulevard.

Jennette’s Pier to Whalebone Junction, South Nags Head

The multi-use path here should be easy for just about anyone to master. Although it parallels the Atlantic Ocean fairly closely, the shoreline and beach are hidden by home for the most part.

Monitor fatigue levels on this one. Because the ride is along the ocean the wind can be a real factor. Best parking place is Jennette’s Pier.

Helpful hints

Ride out against the wind. Riding into the wind is bad enough when you’re fresh; it’s misery when your legs and lungs are tired.

Take water. Even in the morning the Outer Banks can get hot and sticky. The water will make a huge difference.