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Beach Secrets: OBX Fishing Piers

26 Jul 2019
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A trip to the Outer Banks wouldn't be complete without a visit to an Outer Banks Fishing Pier! The Outer Banks has many awesome fishing piers open to the public, seasonally for walking and fishing. Most piers do not require you to have your own fishing license when you pay to fish there, but please be sure to ask before you go. Watch out the video and browse all Outer Banks Fishing Piers below!

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Outer Banks Fishing Pier Etiquette

Please remember that pier fishing is considered a sport in this area and people take it very seriously! Watch out for flying lines and hooks. If you are a beginner, stay towards the start of the pier and be mindful of crossing lines with others. The more experienced fisherman stay towards the end of the pier. Most piers have a limit of the number of rods per fisherman you can have. Usually, no bikes or skateboards are allowed. There are also rules about chumming, certain types of baits, and things of that nature. Please visit the websites below or call the piers for more information!

Kitty Hawk Pier

Located at milepost 1, the Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier is owned by the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. The Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier separates the towns of Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores. The Kitty Hawk was closed in 2003 after being devastated by Hurricane Isabel. A few years later it was purchased by the Hilton Garden Inn, remodeled and open to the public in 2008! Weekly and yearly fishing passes can be purchased at the front desk, and you can also rent the pier out for weddings and events. Learn more:

Avalon Pier

Located in Kill Devil Hills at milepost 6 on the beach road (2111 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 27948), the Avalon Fishing Pier was built in 1958. Believe it or not, it is one of the newest northern beach piers. It is recognized for its bright teal color. Learn more:

Nags Head Fishing Pier 

Located in Nags Head at milepost 12, the Nags Head Fishing Pier offers a restaurant and tiki bar with live music seasonally. Locals love this hangout spot! It's one of the oldest and longest piers on the Outer Banks. Learn more:

Jennette's Pier

Jennette's Pier is located at milepost 16 in Nags Head. Jennette's pier was recently renovated by the North Carolina Aquarium. It now includes an event facility (very popular for Outer Banks Weddings), a large indoor aquarium and enormous wind turbines which generate power for the facility. Learn more:

Outer Banks Fishing Pier

The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is located at milepost 18.5 in South Nags Head. It is the closest pier to Oregon Inlet. The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is well known for the outdoor restaurant, Fishheads, which features live local bands and karaoke throughout the season. Learn more: