Oregon Inlet

MODERATE 4 reviews

Oregon Inlet is a 21.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
21.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
265 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

beach

views

washed out

Oregon Inlet is an inlet along North Carolina's Outer Banks. It joins the Pamlico Sound with the Atlantic Ocean and separates Bodie Island from Pea Island, which are connected by the 2.5 mile Herbert C. Bonner Bridge that spans the inlet. As one of the few access points to the ocean along this stretch of coast, Oregon Inlet is a major departure point for charter fishing trips, with a nearby harbor serving as the base for many large boats that travel miles out towards the Gulf Stream almost every day. The inlet is also the location of a U.S. Coast Guard station. Great place to check what's biting when the boats come into the docks, fun to do some crabbing next to the dock.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Oregon Inlet is an inlet along North Carolina's Outer Banks. It joins the Pamlico Sound with the Atlantic Ocean and separates Bodie Island from Pea Island, which are connected by the 2.5 mile Herbert C. Bonner Bridge that spans the inlet. As one of the few access points to the ocean along this stretch of coast, Oregon Inlet is a major departure point for charter fishing trips, with a nearby harbor serving as the base for many large boats that travel miles out towards the Gulf Stream almost every day. The inlet is also the location of a U.S. Coast Guard station [ref Wikipedia]. Great place to check what's biting when the boats come into the docks, fun to do some crabbing next to the dock. We stop by here every time we do the lighthouse run - Currituck to Wright Brothers Memorial to Bodie Island to Cape Hatteras to Okracoke to Cape Lookout and there be ferries involved too. Great day trip along Hwy 12! LOVE the OBX!

scenic driving
Saturday, January 30, 2016

scenic driving
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Don't limit yourself to the memorial. There is much to do here. Be sure to pick up some of the local wine made from the same grapes as the wild horses eat. The last time I was there was almost 10 years ago but I hear it has not changed much.

scenic driving
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Our first trip to the Outer Banks was primarily for my wife to scuba dive - another scenic aspect, though a little off the road. Even in the busiest stretches, north of the First Flight memorial, were a treat. The OBX has the more affluent villages to the north, as well as nice scenery, capped for us by the lighthouse and driving off-road at the top in an attempt to see the wild ponies. The First Flight memorial is a very worthwhile stop and, done properly involves a fairly easy, handicapped-accessible hike to the monument. South of the First Flight memorial, the OBX is more laid back and touristy, so there's something for almost anyone. I especially enjoyed the scenery from Nags Head, south. The views of the dunes, ocean and marshes were great, as were the beaches. But don't stop at the Bonner Bridge! more scenery and lighthouses await. This is a great ride, all the way to Ocracoke Island and back. Take the time to take a side trip (4X4) onto the beach, where allowed. Also, stop for a beach hike of almost any length or visit a lighthouse..