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
Kitty Hawk Bath House renovations are now complete and it is open to the public. 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.
In anticipation of an extended season in 2020, the Town of Kitty Hawk will have two roving Ocean Rescue Guards and a Supervisor on duty beginning September 8, 2020. This will last until the end of October or longer depending on beach usage.
We will also be leaving two lifeguard stands at the most widely used accesses, Byrd St and the Kitty Hawk Bath House.
In the event of heavy beach usage, the roving supervisor will flex staff up to cover one or both of the remaining guard stands as well as identify other areas of coverage when the need arises.
There are fixed lifeguard stands at the Byrd Street access, the Eckner Street access, the Lillian St 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.
Here is a video on the Kitty Hawk Bath House Renovation Project:
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.
- 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.
- Beach goers are prohibited from leaving unattended personal equipment such as chairs, umbrellas, canopies and coolers on the beach overnight.
- Digging holes and mounding sound on the beach is not allowed as it is unsafe to beach goers, rescue personnel and sea life.
Click here for information about dogs on the beaches of Kitty Hawk.
Click on the photo below to visit Dare County’s comprehensive website on Beach Safety
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.