Kill Devil Hills, NC Vacation Guide & Information

Kill Devil Hills NC Beach Image Outer Banks


Situated north of Nags Head and south of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills is the epicenter of the central Outer Banks beaches.

A town whose name origination is still up for debate to this day, there is a whole to love about this slice of paradise on the East Coast. Inhabited by likely more year-round residents than any other town on North Carolina’s barrier islands, Kill Devil Hills is filled with fun things to do and interesting places to visit.

The most notable landmark in Kill Devil Hills has to be the Wright Brothers National Memorial, an impressive 60-foot granite monument that sits atop a 90-foot-tall mound of sand and dirt known as Kill Devil Hill.

History books will tell you the Wright’s 1903 first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine took place in Kitty Hawk. Those books are not mistaken, where the monument sits and where the first flight took place was once part of the town of Kitty Hawk.

Interesting Facts

  • If you turn off of Highway 158 (or as many call it, the bypass) onto Colington Road, you can travel several miles towards inland along a winding road that thousands of area locals use every day to get to access the rest of the Outer Banks. Unlike the rest of the OBX, most homes in Colington Road are not available for weekly rental.
  • The Centennial of Flight celebration on December 17, 2003, took place at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. President George W. Bush, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chuck Yeager traveled to the Outer Banks to pay homage to the two brothers from Dayton, OH who changed the world forever with their flying machine.

Top 3 Attractions in Kill Devil Hills

Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC

Wright Brothers National Memorial

The most prolific and historical event that’s ever occurred in Kill Devil Hills has to be the Wright brother’s “First Flight” that took place in 1903. History books will tell you aviation history took place in Kill Hawk and not KDH – which is true!

The Wilbur and Orville Wright conducted their experiments in Kitty Hawk at the time, but the area has since been rezoned to Kill Devil Hills. You’ll head to about milepost 8 on the bypass and you’ll come across Wright Brothers National Memorial which is in Kill Devil Hills. This attraction is well-worth a visit if you have the time!

Learn about two brothers from Dayton, Ohio who changed the world forever with their flying machine. Climb to the top of Kill Devil Hill to marvel at the monument at the apex or make your way through the visitors center and check out the replica of the brother’s historic flying machine.

1000 N Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 473-2111


Avalon Fishing Pier in Kill Devil Hills, NC

Avalon Fishing Pier

One of many all-wood boardwalks along the coast of North Carolina, Avalon Fishing Pier is photographed by thousands of area vacationers annually. If you want to go fishing during your stay on the Outer Banks, this Kill Devil Hills attraction is a worthy choice.

In addition to the pier where anglers can cast out into the Atlantic without needing a North Carolina Fishing License, Avalon Pier has a tackle shop and arcade in the pier house. Purchase some fresh or artificial bait or enjoy a pinball game or round of pool with friends.

This local favorite a super-chill place to hang out on summer nights. And if you like to board board or surf, the waves near the pier are difficult to ignore.

Please be advised that swimming in close proximity to the pier is dangerous, so be cautious! Open year-round and 24 hours a day during a majority of the months out of the year.

2111 N Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-7494


Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve in Kill Devil Hills, NC

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Although most people vacation in Kill Devil Hills in order to enjoy the area’s pristine beaches, some would rather get lost among the trees and leaves – we hear you!

That’s why we wanted to include Nags Heads Woods on our list of top attractions. This wooden haven offers outdoor enthusiasts a total of seven trails to choose from.

The beautiful and secluded woods consist of diverse ecosystems that are home to more than thousand species of flora and fauna. Bring your dog along for a quick hike or traverse the entire preserve.

In total, there are five miles of trails to explore! Each trail is open daily from dawn until dusk. Dogs are permitted on most, but not all trails.

701 West Ocean Acres Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-2525

Need more inspiration on what to do while vacationing along the Outer Banks? Check out our list of 9 awesome things to do in Kill Devil Hills!

5 Great Places to Eat in Kill Devil Hills

Kill Devil Grill

If you could only choose one restaurant on the Outer Banks to go to, we’d highly suggest that you consider Kill Devil Grill. With an old diner theme and a menu of offerings that are prepared impeccability, there’s so much to like and appreciate about this eatery located across the street from the Atlantic along NC 12.

Their specials menu changes daily and many entrees expire before the dinner service is over because the items are so popular. Lots of craft beer options from the bar and a wait staff that’s top-notch.

From the outside looking in you may not thing Kill Devil Grill would be at the apex of Outer Banks culinary excellence – think again! Arrive early for lunch or dinner to beat the crowd.

Open most months out of the year, but be sure to check ahead of time if you’re planning a shoulder season getaway to the area.

2008 S Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 449-8181

Mama Kwan's Tiki Bar & Grill

Caribbean-inspired offerings and a menu that’s got something for everyone. Their specialty are the mahi-mahi tacos and ahi tuna plate.

Open for lunch and dinner every day during the summer with limited hours during the winter months. Full bar and cozy dining room with either surfing or sports videos displayed on the TVs.

1701 S Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-7889

Food Dudes Kitchen

A super laid-back restaurant with a surf shack vibe located at milepost 9 on NC 12 in Kill Devil Hills. Food Dudes Kitchen was established in 2008 and has been feeding hungry groms with fresh ingredients and locally-sourced seafood since induction.

Their offerings have a Caribbean and Mexican inspiration that are surely unlike any other on the Outer Banks.

1216 S Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-7994

JK's Restaurant

Upscale eatery without the stuffiness found at most white tablecloth restaurants. JK’s offers some of the very best steaks on the Outer Banks as well as some seafood favorites that are best when paired with the proper wine – which your waiter or waitress will be happy to suggest!

Reservations are not required, but are highly encouraged. Enjoy a libation from the bar while waiting and bring someone special for a date night you won’t soon forget.

1106 S Croatan Highway
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 441-9555

The Saltbox Cafe

Located on Colington Island, it’s easy to overlook The Saltbox Cafe – which would be a huge mistake! Farm-to-table offerings that are both creative and well executed by the restaurants talented chefs. Not a super big dining room, so plan ahead and make a reservation if you can.

Soundfront views are abundant and there are plenty of unique choices on the diner menu to satisfy your taste buds.

1469 Colington Road
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 255-5594

Where to Stay in Kill Devil Hills, NC

When planning a stay in Kill Devil Hills, there are a plethora of lodging options to consider – condos, hotels, camping and vacation rental homes are all possibilities.

There aren’t many hotels on the Outer Banks and the ones that do exist reside primarily in this town. Options like Comfort Inn, Best Western and Ramada are great options as well as some locally-owned choices like Sea Ranch Resort and Shutters on the Banks. Hotels are probably the best option if you only plan on staying between one and three consecutive nights in Kill Devil Hills.

From oceanfront to sound front, you don’t have to look hard to find a pool of many rental condos to choose from in Kill Devil Hills. These are great options if you have a smallish group and plan on vacationing for a week as opposed to a just a couple of days.

Vacation rental homes are where it’s at if you have a large family or group of friends! Find a cozy two-story bungalow within walking distance to the beach or settle for a sound front estate with breathtaking sunsets nightly and a short drive to the nearest public beach access. Hundreds of rental homes are available for qualified renters to choose from in Kill Devil Hills.