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Outer Banks


                The Outer Banks are a chain of narrow, sandy islands, stretches for miles from Cape Lookout to Back Bay, Virginia.  Parts of the chain are 30 miles from the mainland.  Cape Hatteras is about 75 miles form the southern end.  The islands may be reached by ferry from Cedar Island and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island.  
Popular outdoor activities include kayaking on the sounds,fishing,sailing,windsurfing,hang gliding and cycling & swimming.Remember your safety:if you see red flags, this means swimming is prohibited.Also keep a sharpe eye out for any red and white warning posters.See the links on the left for the rules & regulations to "ORV's" on the beach,"PETS" and   "BONFIRES".
Special Events:
 The "Roanoke Island Festival Park" in Manteo.this is a site for several outdoor dramas,chrildrens play and art festival.
  In May Hatteras hosts the "Hatteras Village Offshore Open Billfish and Gamefish Tourment".Also the "Hang-Gliding Spectacular and Air Games" that are held at the Jockey's Rideg State Park. 
  In June Jockey's Ridge hosts the "Rogallo Kite Festival" along with the "Wanchese Seashore Festival".
  In July there are fun-filled activities scheduled around the 4th of July.You have the "Independence Day Fireworks Display" at the Ferry Docks in Hatteras,and later in that week is the "Best Body on the Beach Contest".
   In September the Weeping Radish Brewery & Bavarian Restaurant in Manteo hosts the "Weeping Radish Oktoberfest".This comes complete German oompah band.
  The Christmas Holidays are celebrated by the Lighting of the Town Tree with caroling,hot cholate,cake & Yule log,all on the water front at Manteo.Also there will be the "Kites With Lights",where you can watch the tricks of the lit stunt kites.
           More information on the special events above,call:252-473-2138.
  Hundreds of white & blue marlin are caught & released off the "Outer Banks" waters.No license is required for "salt water" fishing.Giant bluefin tuna,ranging from 200 to 1000 lbs. are making a showing in the recent years.They will give you quite the battle to bring them in.
 Morehead City offers quite abit on diving & fishing.
              OUTER BANKS WEATHER  & FISHING HOTLINE:800-446-6262
Sites to see and stay:
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge:150,000 acres of wetlands that include creeks and canals that make for a wonderful paddle.more info ph:252-473-1131
Adventure Bound: Is the only campground in a forest,good idea for shade in the summer.Equipped with hot showers and you can rent tents. ph:252-255-1130
Colington Park: Kill Devil Hills  has a boat ramp,laundry and electrical hook up.
Ocracoke campground: Sites can be reserved. ph:800-365-2267
Jockey Ridge State Park:Home of the largest sand dune in the eastern U.S.
The Wright Brothers came here to test their gliders.
The Manteo Office offers a free "Getaway Card",which entitles you to discounts at a number of hotels restaurants and shops. ph:800-446-6262
   See the map below for sight seeing hot spots.
Route 12 will guide you thru these attractions.
For reaching Ocracoke Island,you can take one of three ferris.
The one from the north you would leave Hatteras for an 45 minute ride.(800-368-8949 for information).These is a free of charge ride,with a "first come,first serve" policy.      The 2nd is from the west,departs from Swan Quarter (800-773-1094) for a  2 1/2 hour ride.
The 3rd is from south from Cedar Island (800-856-0343) this is a 2 1/4 hur ride.
We recommend reservations for the 2nd & 3rd ferry options.Call head of time (800-345-1665)The village on Ocracoke and Cedar Island are so small that you can walk just everywhere.




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