Heading to the soundside is a different beach experience. The sound is usually warmer, calmer and shallower than the ocean. Still, the sound is affected by wind for depth and turbulence, so a mean Southwest wind can whip up some waves, though they won't really rival ocean waves. Because the sound is typically very shallow, even far from shore, you'll often see kayakers, kite boarders and windsurfers in the sound. Wading in the sound on calm days is ideal for small children, who are often overwhelmed by the noisy ocean. There are no lifeguards on the sound side in Kitty Hawk, so use caution when swimming or wading, and don't let the little ones out of your sight.
A public sound access is located at Windgrass Circle. It is handicapped accessible. There is also a Dare County boat ramp and sound access located at Bob Perry Road in Kitty Hawk.