Vernal Pools at Jockey’s Ridge

From the road, Jockey’s Ridge is a huge sand dune, its peaks on a bright day almost painful to look at in their reflected light. From a distance there is no evidence of life, the glistening sandy slopes give the impression of a sterile desert. But the environment is not …

Fall Events on the Outer Banks

It seems like every year as summer winds down, we write about what a great time the Fall is to visit the Outer Banks. There are many reasons why – the weather is near perfect, the water temperature is ideal, all the businesses are still open, the summer crowds are …

Don’t worry, we have power!

Just in case you’ve heard about a power outage on the Outer Banks, we want to assure you that your vacation home has not been affected. The power outage is contained to Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island, and does not affect the northern beaches of the Outer Banks. This includes …

Where to Fly a Kite

Every once in a while the wind sinks to dead calm on the Outer Banks, but that’s really the exception. The wind was the reason that the Wright Brothers came to the here to fly first their kite, followed by their gliders, and finally the Wright Flyer. It’s also the …

H2OBX Waterpark

In the quest to ensure that our CDR guests have the best information available when visiting the Outer Banks, we stopped by the just opened H2OBX in Powells Point to try some of the rides and make sure they meet our high standards of fun! H2OBX is geared toward families, …

Shelly Island

Photos courtesy of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Life on a sandbar can be pretty interesting at times. And that’s what the Outer Banks essentially are—giant sandbars. There isn’t anything that really anchors them in place. Humans have done a remarkable good job of stabilizing them, but it’s still a …

Still Moving After All These Years

As land masses go, the Outer Banks is a pretty recent addition to the earth’s geology. There are a number of theories about how and why they formed, but no consensus. There is consensus, however, on their age— estimates put their formation somewhere between 4000-5000 years ago. Originally, they were …

Northern Outer Banks Inlets

It’s standard knowledge that the Outer Banks is a dynamic strip of sand. Since the 1930’s, it has been largely stabilized by the dunes built by the Works Project Administration, Roosevelt’s initiative to put unemployed Americans to work during the Great Depression. Yet even with the sand dunes in place …