Getting around Nags Head on the Outer Banks certainly is easier than the railroad paths of old.
The main thoroughfare — U.S. Highway 158, aka The Bypass, aka Croatan Highway — stretches from Kill Devil Hills to the Oregon Inlet Bridge and connects westward to Manteo by the Washington Baum Bridge. The Beach Road, the local name for N.C Highway 12 and also known as Virginia Dare Trail, runs parallel to the sea and U.S. 158. Town property stretches 36 miles and includes Pond, Horse and Cedar islands, located near the Whalebone intersection of U.S. Highway 64/264. Threaded in between sound and sea are smaller roads leading mostly to residential areas. You’ll notice that we use mileposts in our addresses. These green milepost signs run along both the Beach Road and the Bypass. For some reason the Beach Road and the Bypass mile markers don’t exactly correspond, but you still can use them to scout locations. Nags Head fits approximately between milepost 10 and milepost 25. A landmark at the north end on the Bypass is Home Depot. On the south end you’ll be at the Oregon Inlet Bridge.