Fall on the Outer Banks is perfect. The summer crowds begin to fade away and the high temperatures start to mellow out. Take advantage of the amazing weather and see the Outer Banks from a different perspective. Soak up the natural beauty of the Outer Banks or attend one of our fun fall festivals!
Enjoy a Nature Walk
For most of the summer it is too hot to explore the beautiful nature trails that we have here on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Woods and Nags Head Woods have trails for walking, running, and some for biking or pushing strollers. These trails are full of all types of wildlife, plants, marshes, and ponds. For more info on these trails check out our blog about the running paths on the Outer Banks. Corolla has its own nature reserve as well, the Currituck Banks Reserve. Over 965 acres of natural maritime habitat have been preserved and nature trails created for visitors to explore it.
Duck Jazz Festival – Sunday, October 9th
Celebrating its 10th year, the Duck Jazz Festival is a fun event for the whole family. The festival is free and lasts from 10:00am – 5:00pm with live music starting at 11:00am. Food and drinks will be available to purchase, and chairs for rent, but participants are encouraged to bring your own food, coolers, chairs, blankets, and even pets!
Run the Outer Banks Marathon – November 11-November 13
This will be the 11th year of the Outer Banks Marathon event. You don’t need to be an experienced runner to join the fun, choose from a fun run, 5k, 8k, the Southern 6, Half Marathon, or Full Marathon! There is even a free “Diaper Dash” for the youngsters from 1-3 years old.
Kayak or Paddleboard the Soundside
As the temperatures cool down, the ocean water will become too cold for swimming. But the water on the soundside stays significantly warmer than the ocean. This is the perfect time to paddle out in a kayak or on a stand-up paddle board and explore the beauty of the Outer Banks from the calm waters of the sound. Also, the fall is often known to bring the best sunsets of the year to the Outer Banks. You won’t regret planning your adventure to include watching the sunset! For locations to launch a kayak or paddle board, check out our blog Top Spots to Launch a Kayak on the Outer Banks.