Public Beach Accesses

Public Beach Accesses

Below is a map of the public beach accesses in Nags Head. 

Click on the [ ] icon in the upper right corner of the map to enlarge it.

Nags Head’s beach accesses are denoted with a blue umbrella icon. For more information about the access, click on the icon.

Note - The Bainbridge public beach access just north of Nags Head Pier will be closed from December 29, 2021 through early March 2022 for improvements to the walkway. 

Beach Rules

Reminder of Ocean Rescue Staff Reduction

Ocean Rescue staffing levels decrease after Labor Day. Lifeguard stands are no longer staffed; however, the Town operates with a “skeleton crew,” patrolling and responding to calls until October 15th. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for September and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for October, with no on-call.


Beach wheelchairs are available from Ocean Rescue at the Bonnett (near Mile Post 11) and Hargrove (near Mile Post 17) beach accesses from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, wheelchairs are also available all year long from Nags Head's Douglas A. Remaley Fire Station 16 (5314 South Croatan Highway). Wheelchairs can also be rented from local equipment rental companies. Call Fire and Rescue at 252-441-5909 for a list of companies or additional help accessing the beach.

Accessible Public Beach Accesses
M-beach mat for wheelchairs/strollersA-accessible to wheelchairs/strollers for beach viewing

Eighth A M Glidden AJune A
Baltic AJennette's Pier A MJuncos A
Bonnett A MGulfstream A
Bladen AHolden A
Curlew AHargrove A
Forrest AIndigo A