View from Currituck Lighthouse
In the Community
Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in Dare County, Kitty Hawk offers a unique coastal environment to both year-round local residents and tourists. It lies on Bodie Island, a narrow sand barrier facing the Atlantic Ocean opposite Albemarle Sound.
The area of Kitty Hawk gained international attention with the arrival of the Wright Brothers in 1900. The historic First Flight was launched on December 17,1903 and Kitty Hawk became famous as the birthplace of flight.
In 1930 the new Wright Memorial Bridge connected the off-shore beach town to the mainland launching the development of tourism to the area to see Kitty Hawk become a premier vacation destination along the Outer Banks.
Kitty Hawk today consists of a thriving village, a newer beach community and a maritime forest called Kitty Hawk Woods and a public beach enjoyed by full time residents and tourists.