The Town of Kitty Hawk prides itself on providing a public beach for the enjoyment of full-time residents and visitors alike. There are many public beach accesses with parking available. There are beach accesses with parking at the following places:

  • Balchen Street
  • Bennett Street
  • Bleriot Street
  • Fonck Street
  • Hawks Street
  • Lillian Street
  • Maynard Street
  • Wilkins Street

There is a parking lot at the Kitty Hawk Bath House, located at 3840 N Va Dare Trail. There is also a public parking lot and port-o-potty at Byrd Street located just south of the intersection of Kitty Hawk Road and NC 12.

Visitors to Kitty Hawk’s beaches are protected by our Ocean Rescue personnel, a division of the Fire Department. Ocean Rescue performs lifeguard and ocean safety duties from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and it works to inform the public on ocean safety year round.

There are fixed lifeguard stands at the Byrd Street access, the Eckner Street access, and the Kitty Hawk Bath House access, as well as roving lifeguards on ATV’s. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Ocean Rescue personnel are on duty from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Between Labor Day and September 30, Ocean Rescue Staff will be on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Town also has a handicap accessible public sound access at Windgrass Circle. It has parking and is open from sunrise to thirty minutes past sunset.


Beach Safety

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Rules of the Beach:

Leave Only Footprints

Please remove all personal items when leaving the beach including:  umbrellas, beach canopies, chairs, volleyball nets and games.  Please fill in holes dug in the sand.  Items left overnight present a safety hazard for our emergency personnel and other beachgoers.  

Beach Safety Tips

  • Swim near a Lifeguard
  • Do not fight the Rip Current – learn to “Break the Grip”
  • Supervise your children and watch the hazards at all times.
  • Do not float where you cannot swim
  • Lightning – “Hear It or See it – Flee it”
  • “Protect Your Neck” – enter feet first every time and watch the waves.
  • Carry your cell phone and know where you are on the beach.  If you think someone needs help DIAL 911.

Town Ordinances

  • No driving on the beach
  • No glass on the beach
  • No fires on the beach
  • Motorized watercraft cannot be launched from the Atlantic Ocean beach
  • Surfers must attach a surfing leash from themselves to their surfboards
  • Swimming in the ocean is prohibited when the red “No Swimming” flags are posted.  Violation can result in a $250.00 fine.

Click here for information about dogs on the beaches of Kitty Hawk.