Nags Head

About Nags Head, NC

If you love the great outdoors, Nags Head is the place to be! This northern OBX community, has more public beach accesses than any other town on the beach. It is also home to the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic Coast, Jockey’s Ridge. Some of the most popular fishing piers, tourist attractions and local restaurants are located here. Preserving the authenticity of the Outer Banks architecture and surroundings are an important part of the landscape and mindset of locals. You’ll discover a mix of properties, from charming sound and seaside communities, historic oceanfront cottages, new constructions and waterfront condos.

History of Nags Head, NC

There are many legends told about how Nags Head got its name. A majority believe that it was named after a trick pirates used to draw ships in to shore. Pirates would secure lanterns around the necks of mules. The light would lead ships in to the shallow shores, causing them to shipwreck, making it easier for pirates to loot their ships.

In 1830, the town became established as the first tourist colony on the island, with hotels popping up in 1838. Oceanfront cottages were built in the early 1900s, changing the landscape of the village. Many of these homes are still around today on Historic Cottage Row. The town continued to develop over the years, with a big boom in real estate development in the 1970s. A developer from Maryland began spreading the word up north about the beautiful beaches and potential on the Outer Banks. The town has been a thriving vacation destination ever since.

Landmarks & Attractions in Nags Head

• Jockey’s Ridge
• Jennette’s Fishing Pier
• Nags Head Fishing Pier
• Nags Head Woods
• Tanger Outlet Mall

Popular Neighborhoods in Nags Head

• Old Nags Head Cove
• Village of Nags Head
• South Creek Acres
• Seven Sisters
• The Villas
• The Quay
• South Ridge
• Oceans North
• Ocean Watch
• Old Nags Head Place
• Pier One
• Dolphin Run
• Coastal Cove

Homes for sale in Nags Head, NC 

Outer Banks listings last updated May 23, 2024 3:38:am.