You are here

Outer Banks: Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk offers a unique and relaxing environment for the entire family with its rich history and traditions. Consisting of a traditional village, beach community with residential homes, oceanfront vacation rentals, and a large maritime forest reserve, you will share in the feeling that development should remain on a human scale and in harmony with nature.

Browse Kitty Hawk Vacation Rentals

Kitty Hawk Beach Accesses

An estimated 12 Public Beach Accesses in Kitty Hawk (located on Virginia Dare Tr. – AKA “The Beach Road”, starting at MP2 at Byrd St and run through MP4 at Kitty Hawk Bath House.)


  • Items left on the beach or under/on walkways to beach after sunset are subject to confiscation. Please take all beach gear back to your rental each night.

Additional Amenities

Outer Banks Family YMCA3000 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head – Weekly and Daily Memberships are available for a FEE, call 252-449-8897 for more information.

(Mon- Fri 5:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sat 8:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

  • 6 Lane Indoor Lap Pool (open year round- lifeguard. Swim lessons and aquatic exercise classes are available throughout the year)
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Splash Park with 2 Pools (opens Mid May)
  • Sauna
  • Fitness Center
  • Locker Rooms and Showers
  • Full Court Gym
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Child Care
  • Scheduled Group Exercise Classes

Origin of the Name

The origin of the name Kitty Hawk is still a matter of local debate but most people agree that it’s a Native American name for this area meaning “a time or place to hunt geese.” The word originally appeared on English settlers maps in the early 1700’s as “Chickehawk” or “Chickahawk”. By the late 1700’s, old land deeds referred to these settlements as “Kittyhuk”, “Kittyhark”, “KittyHawk” and “Kitty Hawk”, which is how the local residents spell the name as we do today.

Most Hospitable People

When Orville and Wilbur Wright were looking for a site for their aviation experiments in 1900, a Kitty Hawk citizen, Mr. Tate, assured the Wrights in a letter that Kitty Hawk would provide the ideal location for their experiment. He also encouraged Wilbur: “If you decide to try your machine here and come, I will take pleasure in doing all I can for your convenience, success, pleasure and I assure you that you will find hospitable people when you come among us.” This tradition still lives on today in Kitty Hawk.

Stay and Savor the Outer Banks

A trip to Kitty Hawk is made that much better when your vacation rental is suited to your taste and style. Let us set you up in a property that meets your every need. Contact us at 877-642-3224 to start planning your next adventure and to book your Kitty Hawk rental today!

Kitty Hawk Map

TRAVEL TIP: Community Amenities/ Restaurants/ Non-Essential Businesses

Community amenities, restaurants, gyms, etc. may have modified hours or other limitations during your stay. Brindley Beach Vacations cannot guarantee nor do we have control over the availability of these businesses. We suggest you call ahead to local businesses to confirm their hours, purchase tickets, or make advanced reservations when possible.