Local Area Recreation Near Cape Hatteras / Outer Banks KOA Resort

Things to Do Near Hatteras Island
Deep sea fishing, kayaking, surfing, kite boarding, horseback riding, lighthouse tours, paddle boarding — these are only a handful of the many local activities located on or within minutes of Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks KOA Resort.

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Beaches

Beaches

Directly over the dunes you will find . . . PARADISE! The North Carolina barrier islands and beachfront stretches are the perfect place for beach combing, bonfires and playing in the surf.

Mini Golfing

Mini Golfing

Mini golf is a classic beach holiday activity and a firm Hatteras family favorite. Entertain the kids and defend your title as family champion at one of the many mini-golf courses in the region. Miniature golf is ideal for keeping everyone busy for hours of fun, especially when the weather turns cooler. Make your way to Frisco Mini-Golf and Go-Karts for a course set in nature with 18 holes. For an added adventure, test your driving skills at the go-kart family or fast tracks.

50234 Trent Lake Lane

Frisco, NC 27936

252-995-6325

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Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

Hatteras Island is known for being one of the premier kiteboarding destination locations in the world. Take advantage of the area's ideal conditions and either learn how to kiteboard from a PASA certified school, or stop in at Waves Village Watersports Resort or the Canadian Hole and watch others strap into a specially designed board and fly through the air with the help of a massive kiteboarding kite. If you are an experienced rider and have your own gear (or wish to rent some from Kitty Hawk Kites), be sure to take advantage of the free launch site at Waves Village!

5848 Hatteras Landing

Hatteras, NC 27943

252-986-1446

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Windsurfing

Windsurfing

Often dubbed the "Windsurfing Capital of the World," steady winds and shallow sounds provides windsurfing opportunities during the spring, summer and fall. Outfitters throughout the area provide lessons, clinics, equipment rental and purchase.

Surfing

Surfing

On the East Coast, the best place for surfing is on the Outer Banks, and this region is renowned as one of the best surfing destinations from New York to Florida. Surfers from all over the country and the world flock to the Outer Banks for the annual ESA tournament, or just after a storm swell, to paddle out to the Atlantic and enjoy some of the best waves on the coast.  Luckily, you don't have to necessarily be an expert to paddle out. While there are some areas notoriously known for always having a series of exceptional, large waves, almost any beach can be a perfect practice ground for newcomers to the sport, and a number of local water sports companies offer lessons to visitors who have always wanted to hang ten.  

Cape Hatteras / Outer Banks KOA is conveniently located close to the top surf spots and offers unique amenities like beach access, an outdoor cinema, waterslides and more. Check out our blog Surfing on Cape Hatteras: A Guide to the Best Spots.

Kayaking

Kayaking

For peaceful recreational activities near Cape Hatteras, consider canoeing or kayaking. Pamlico Sound gives you the matchless opportunity to take a quiet paddle through the waters seeing marine life like turtles or stingrays and basking in the magnificent sunsets and sunrises that the area is famous for. The local region is brimming with kayak and canoe rental companies with various launch sites — Pea Island Launch, Oregon Inlet Kayak Launch, Haulover Sound Access, Salvo Sound Access and Devil Shoals Road on Ocracoke Island.

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Boating

Boating

At the top of your list of things to do in Cape Hatteras should be a boat or pontoon rental and coastal adventure. Explore the open waters by boat, taking in the sites and picturesque views the area is renowned for. If you're an angler or angling enthusiast, cast a line when you take to the waters, enjoying the serenity. Go on a half-day or full-day adventure and rent a Carolina skiff or pontoon at Oden's Dock when you next visit.

Oden's Dock

57878 NC-12

Hatteras, NC 27943

252-986-2627

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Observe the Wildlife at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Observe the Wildlife at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Some 400+ species of birds have been spotted at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is the patch of island located just south of Oregon Inlet and the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers many opportunities to learn about the area's superb wildlife diversity and unmatched natural beauty. Be sure to bring along your binoculars and take a leisurely stroll down the soundside boardwalk near the The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Also, don't miss the small turtle pond near the beginning of the boardwalk, located directly across from the building that houses the bathrooms.

14500 NC Highway 12

Rodanthe, NC 27968

252-987-2394

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Explore Buxton Woods Trail

Explore Buxton Woods Trail

Once you wander down Buxton Woods Trail for several minutes, it's easy to forget that you're on a thin barrier island that's surrounded by water and covered in sand. Take in the diverse maritime forest ecosystem up close, listen to the birds chirping, and traverse a few of the highest points on Hatteras Island. The start and end of the trail's loop is at the Buxton Woods picnic area.

46379 Lighthouse Road

Buxton, NC 27920

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Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing

One of the best water activities on Hatteras Island is climbing on a Jet Ski and taking to the open waters. Rush over miles of the Outer Banks' finest waters by renting a Jet Ski from one of many businesses or take a lesson to sharpen your skills. See the Atlantic Ocean from various vantage points and enjoy an ideal thrill-seeking adventure. Head north from the KOA Campground and explore Pamlico soundside, exploring 30 miles of waterfront and the Ocracoke Inlet. Kitty Hawk Kites offers Jet Ski rentals at Nags Head and Duck Village.

Kitty Hawk Kites

7517 S. Virginia Dare Trl.

Nags Head, NC 27959

252-441-4112

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