Nags Head Fun Facts

  • Though just one town, Nags Head is often referred to as two different communities - "Nags Head" and "South Nags Head."
  • South Nags Head begins at the end of US Highway 158, and comprises of a small community of vacation homes that are located 1-5 lots away from the beach.
  • Nags Head is bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and is bordered to the west by the Albemarle Sound. South Nags Head is bordered to the west by the Roanoke Sound, and subsequently Roanoke Island.
  • There are no alligators in the Albemarle Sound, but the region is home to thousands of seasonally migrating birds, as well as plenty of fish, reptiles, and even the occasional nutria and otter.
  • Along with Currituck County, Nags Head was one of the first areas of the Outer Banks that attracted visitors, thanks to its locale that was just a day's boat ride across the Albemarle Sound for mainland residents.
  • The first "beach homes" along the Nags Head oceanfront were established in the 1880s, and were comprised of salvaged materials.
  • In 1970, the town's year-round population was 414. Today, the year-round population hovers around 2,800, making it one of the most populated beach towns along the Outer Banks.
  • This population swells to 40-50K in the summer months when the town is filled with beach vacationers
  • Nags Head is 6.6 square miles in area, which includes just 0.1 square miles of water.
  • Nags Head is home to a big portion of the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, which is a whopping 1,092 acres.
  • Jockey's Ridge State Park, one of Nags Head's most visited attractions, is just 426 acres in area, but features the tallest active sand dune system in the Eastern United States.
  • Scientists estimate that the famed sand dunes of Jockey's Ridge were established roughly 7,000 years ago.
  • Jockey's Ridge is known as one of the best hang gliding destinations on the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Nags Head is home to one of the oldest fishing piers, Jennette's Pier, and one of the oldest restaurants in the Outer Banks.
  • Nags Head has its own beach cottage historic district, with homes that date back to the early 1900s, which is known as "Millionaires Row."
  • Nags Head was devastated by 2003's Hurricane Isabel, which destroyed a number of beach homes as well as the historic Jennette's Pier.
  • The pier was subsequently rebuilt after Hurricane Isabel to become one of the longest piers in NC at 1,000' feet long.

 

The Cottage Shop

The Cottage Shop

An offshoot of Kellogg Supply Company, a building and home center operating on the Outer Banks since 1946, The Cottage Shop is filled with beach-y house wares and furnishings designed for Outer Banks living. The store also stocks decorative accessories, gifts for special occasions and holidays, and even stylish hats and sandals. Whatever a homeowner needs for their beach cottage, they’ll likely be able to find it here. There’s kitchen ware, sheets and bedding, bath items, outdoor carpeting, candles, Outer Banks and Southern cookbooks, lamps, decorative pillows and even gourmet salsa and grits. There is also a large selection of Tervis Tumblers, and open stock of Fiesta ware. Kellogg also offers all-inclusive Cottage Package programs, as well as kitchen, bedding, bath and recreational packages. Hours differ at the Duck location, so call before visiting. 

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The Cotton Gin

The Cotton Gin

For those traveling to the Outer Banks, The Cotton Gin is a beloved landmark with its large windmill and picturesque gardens. The Cotton Gin has stood in the same location since 1929, starting as a working cotton gin and growing to a gift store with 4 locations. Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience in our main store in Jarvisburg, as well as our beach stores in Corolla, Duck, and Nags Head. Explore room after room filled with décor for your home and coastal fashions for both men and women. Discover the brands you really want, like, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, Escapada, Simply Southern, Lindsay Phillips, Scout, Pandora, Kameleon, Brighton, Spartina, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide and Salt Life and Old Guys Rule - all under one roof! Don’t forget the gourmet market, or shop our beautiful linens for your bedroom and bath. We also feature coastal books and fine art, or just a whimsical fun gift to bring home to family and friends. Stop by soon and don’t forget to try our estate grown wines in our stores or visit our  vineyard and winery, Sanctuary Vineyards, located adjacent to the original Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.

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Tanger Outlets Nags Head

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