Duck, NC

Thank goodness there are no cities here.

Top-notch. Even the shell collecting. Determining the origin of many Outer Banks town names is a study of history and sometimes even pirate lore (see Kill Devil Hills).

As for Duck’s namesake, it’s exactly what you might expect. Hunters and gatherers have been flocking to the area since the 1800’s for its abundant waterfowl. Thus, Duck.

This resort town has an impressive reputation for great beaches, water sports and outdoor adventures, first-class events including a nationally-known Jazz Festival, fine dining, and eclectic shopping. Bounded by the Currituck Sound to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, visitors delight in great kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, and much more.

The beaches, many named among the top in the nation, are private and afford great shell collecting opportunities, especially in the offseason when the pickings are flush. Some local restaurants offer open air dining and most of the Town’s shops and restaurants are connected by the Duck Trail that runs the entire length of the town parallel to Highway 12 or by the sound-side boardwalk which offers premium views of the Currituck Sound.

Despite phenomenal growth the past few years, Duck still feels like a charming resort town. The 500 permanent residents are tucked in among some of the Outer Banks most gorgeous and extravagant vacation homes. Regardless of where you’re staying in Duck, be sure to spend some time exploring the Duck Town Park and its many amenities including the boardwalk, walking trails, and fun rentals. With these many things to do, you won’t be disappointed.

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