Piers of the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is home to many iconic piers down its coast, all unique and worth a visit! Most notably visited for fishing, some of the piers also have restaurants, research facilities and more! Here’s some information about each of these special coastal structures.

Duck Research Pier
Probably the least known pier on the beach and that’s because it’s not open to the public! This pier is actually operated by the US Army Corp of Engineers as a Field Research Facility and Coastal & Hydraulic Laboratory! Here they monitor tides, currents, wind speed & more. They also work with other government agencies and private companies for many research projects.

Kitty Hawk Pier
Originally built in 1953, this pier is now owned by the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn property but the pier is open to the public for fishing & sightseeing!

Avalon Pier
The Avalon Pier was originally built in 1958 and is 696 feet long. After a recent storm required some renovations, Avalon Pier added on a second level bar & deck to enjoy unparalleled views of the Atlantic! You can grab a drink or snack at Stonefish Beachbar or enjoy the variety of arcade games!

Nags Head Fishing Pier
Home to the Pierhouse Restaurant & Captain Andy’s Oceanfront Tiki Bar, this pier is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner for the whole family! This 750 ft long pier has been taken out by many storms over the years but currently stands strong and offers a full tackle shop for your fishing needs.

Jennette’s Pier
The original Jennette’s Pier was built in 1939 but rebuilt in 2001 after Hurricane Isabel took out a large portion of the original structure. The new build features a 1000 ft concrete pier for fishing and sightseeing. The pier also houses exhibits from the NC Aquarium and provides educational experiences focusing on conservation efforts and research opportunities.

Outer Banks Pier
The Outer Banks Fishing Pier has a full tackle shop and 600 ft of pier to fish from, but is also home to Local’s Favorite, Fishheads Bar & Grille! In season, this bar is packed daily with locals & tourists alike to enjoy beer, steamed shrimp happy hour, live music and of course the view!

Rodanthe Pier
Also known as Hatteras Island Pier, this 700 ft pier is family friendly and a must visit when staying in the Hatteras Island tri-villages!

Avon Fishing Pier
Only 600 ft long but known for its record breaking fishing catches, Avon pier was originally opened in 1963 and brought anglers from all over to Hatteras Island. It’s now part of the Koru Village resort and open to the public seasonally!

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