Kayaker at Mill Creek in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

Kayaker at Mill Creek in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

The Outer Banks is busier than it has ever been at this time of the year. Our restaurant workers, hotel staffs and cleaning services are getting exhausted, but it sure is great news for our economy.

It has also had some great side effects.

One of those unanticipated effects is there are still kayak tours being booked. Not as many as there would be in the summer, but there are guided tours available.

Fall is a great time to hop in a kayak. The summer heat has backed off and there are not nearly as many insects on the waterways—the two biggest downsides to kayaking in the summer.

There is one thing kayakers at this time of the year should be aware of. Outer Banks winds tends to be stronger and steadier in the fall than the summer. For anyone who is an experienced kayaker at all, they know, the wind can turn a pleasant excursion into a calorie burning exercise.

That doesn’t mean a kayak excursion is off the table. What it does mean is trips may not be the best to take at this time of the year.

Where to Kayak

Generally speaking, try to avoid the open waters of the sounds. If on any of the sounds, they to stay fairly close to shore. The dominant wind at this time of the year is from the northeast, so hugging the western shore of the Outer Banks will give some protection from the wind.

The other option is to explore area that are to exposed to the wind. There are outfitters who take trips along Jean Guite Creek in Kitty Hawk Woods. There may also be some tours going to Buffalo City in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge that paddle along Mill Creek.

By all means, though—go out and explore.

Kayaking is just one of the many outdoor activities that make the Outer Banks so special. Stay with Brindley Beach Vacations for a week or two and explore the world of life on a sandbar.