Nags Head is the oldest of the Outer Banks resort and vacation destinations; to many it is synonymous with the Outer Banks, NC. Since the middle of the 19th century families have been spending their summers in the seaside cottages and that dot the oceanfront. There are several legends associated with the origin of the name Nags Head. The one most often told is that of early residents hanging lanterns from the necks of their horses, or nags, and leading them along the beach at night. Mariners would mistake the moving lights for passing ships and be lured into dangerous shallows. Once the ship ran aground it would be plundered for supplies by the beach dwellers.
Nags Head Attractions
As with other areas of the Outer Banks, the beach is the main attraction in Nags Head, but the town has also become a hot spot for water sports, like kiteboarding and surfing, as well as pier and surf fishing. Vacationers can also enjoy a visit to Jockey’s Ridge, the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States, whether it be on foot or on a hang glider. After a day at the beach, take a short trip to Manteo for a visit to the Elizabeth II, North Carolina Aquarium, or theLost Colony.