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Often referred to the epicenter of “town”, since it extends from approximately milepost 5 to 11, you will find a large population of locally owned homes. With equal distance access between the northern and southern beaches, Kill Devil Hills or KDH, is a great central location in the Outer Banks. Local parks & recreation centers with sport fields, public beach accesses and multiple sound front sunset watching spots makes it a great area to get out to explore.
Locals often get a kick out of explaining the town name to those unfamiliar with the area: during the many shipwrecks of the past, debris including barrels of rum would wash ashore. Those who dared to taste the rum declared that it was “strong enough to kill the devil” hence the name, Kill Devil Hills. Telemarketers get a kick out of this tale.
KDH is also the birthplace of Aviation and is celebrated at the Wright Brothers Memorial. This state park has a newly remodeled exhibit area that is on the registry of historic places, markers commemorating the first 4 successful flights and the monument on one of the highest elevations on the Outer Banks.
Since it stretches almost 7 miles along the peninsula, KDH is known for its beaches- there are 32 public beach accesses throughout town with one historic bath house at Ocean Bay Drive. Be sure to check out the Stop & Shop gas station across the street for killer sandwiches and beach goods.
One of the icons of Kill Devil Hills, the Avalon pier provides not only renowned fishing, but is a local watering hole and beach spot. Across the road at Awful Arthurs, you can enjoy local steamed shrimp and oysters, washed down with a cold beer while watching the scene at the pier.
New to the area this year, the town of Kill Devil Hills expanded the bike path along Bay Drive, making the town one of the most walkable and bike friendly on the lower beaches. You’ll see runners along this path during the 3 major road races the OBX hosts each year: The OBX Marathon, Half Marathon and Flying Pirate Half Marathon. https://www.obxse.org/