Corolla, North Carolina
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The History of Corolla
Corolla, originally named for a small village surrounding the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, has recently grown into a thriving vacation destination. Corolla includes the area between the Dare County line and the end of the paved road, just before the four wheel drive access. Until 1984, only landowners could access Corolla. When the gates were removed, the major development began, and lavish vacation homes in thoughtfully planned developments were built. Most people visit Corolla for the miles of beautiful beaches, however, there are many other attractions for visitors to enjoy. The Whalehead Club is located at Currituck Heritage Park along with the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Just north of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is old Corolla village where you can take a stroll and discover quaint shops and the Corolla Wild Horse Museaum. The Corolla wild horses, which roam free in the four-wheel drive area, are perhaps the most famous Corolla attraction.
Native Indian tribes used the barrier island for fishing and hunting grounds. When Europeans came to Corolla, it was known as Jones Hill. Named after the center of a flower, Corolla was also known as Whalehead or Currituck Beach. Today, Corolla is more then land for hunting and fishing; it is a prime resort area with water sports, golf, and many other activities. Mostly locally owned and operated, shop at the unique shopping centers of; TimBuck II Shopping Village, with water sports and go carts; Monteray Shores Shopping Plaza, with wall climb and movie theater; and Corolla Light Town Center, complete with a skate park. Take the time for a relaxing spa treatment at the Sanderling Spa, sure to enhance any vacation. To experience the natural and historic Corolla, The Currituck National Wildlife Refuge located on an Outer Banks barrier island. Many of the native animals can be seen wading through the marshes, or basking in the sun. Still in its original structure from 1875, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a little piece of history. The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education shares with visitors Currituck’s coastal wildlife and traditions of fishing, hunting, and decoy making. It is conveniently located near the Lighthouse. While in the area, tour a Currituck landmark, the fully restored Whalehead Club. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, in Old Corolla Village, offers a museum and shop. Learn about the history of the majestic, 16th century Spanish mustangs that roam free in the grassy dunes of Corolla. Corolla is the ultimate vacation destination.
Communities in Corolla
- Buck Island
- Corolla Light
- Corolla Village
- Crown Point
- Currituck Club
- Indian Summer Condos Ocean Sands
- Monteray Shores
- Ocean Sands A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q
- Pine Island
- Villages at Ocean Hill
Currituck Heritage Park - Located in Corolla. Visit the Whalehead Club, a restored hunt club built in 1925. The park is a great place to go crabbing – bring along a chicken neck and a string. There is a public boat launch available for small watercraft. Visit the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education and explore coastal North Carolina’s wildlife, natural history and cultural heritage. Climb to the top of The Currituck Beach Lighthouse for the best view of Corolla. The lighthouse was the last lighthouse to be built on the Outer Banks. There are 214 steps, and the height to the top of the roof is 162 feet. One of the residences now houses a Museum Shop.
Old Corolla Village – Located near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Stroll down the streets and stop in the quaint shops which are historic homes that have been restored and relocated to the small village.
Corolla Chapel – Located behind the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the Historic Corolla Chapel was built in 1885. Interdenominational services are held year-round. It still has the original interior walls and ceilings and is furnished with many of the original items including its pews, pedal organ, pulpit and pulpit chairs.
The Currituck Club Golf Course – A Reese Jones designed golf course rated one of the Best New Places You Can Play by Golf Magazine. The breathtaking layout stretches across 6,885 yards of remarkably diverse coastal terrain, including sand dunes, wetlands, maritime forests and sound side shoreline.
Corolla Wild Horses – If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, take a ride on the 4x4 access beach. Wild Spanish Horses roam free. Wild Horse Tours are available if you do not have a 4 wheel drive. Be sure to bring your camera!
Corolla Town Information
The Town of Corolla maintains no public beach access. Access to the Town beach is limited to residents, renters, and their guests.
Town of Corolla Contact Information:
Town Hall 252-453-8555 www.co.currituck.nc.us
Corolla Leash Laws:
All dogs must be kept on a leash while on the beach.
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