Public Beach Accesses

Public Beach Accesses

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

Important Notes
Nags Head Ocean Rescue provides water rescue services from April through October. The amenities below depend on staffing levels and the time of year.

Through September 30 each year lifeguard stands will be available at the following accesses ONLY:  Bonnett, Epstein, and Gulfstream.

Guards on roving ATVs patrol the beach through October 31, though this may change due to staffing levels.

Beach Accesses and Amenities

Eighth St. A, MGlidden A
Gallery RowGray Eagle
*Abalone LJennette's Pier A, B, M
AdmiralGulfstream A L
Baltic AGovernor
Barnes MHuron
BlackmanHolden A
Bonnett A, B, L, M*Hargrove A, B, L, M
Bladen A, MIsabella
Curlew A*Indigo A, L
*Hollowell LJay
Conch AJune A
*Enterprise A LJacob A
Loggerhead*Juncos A, L
Town HallOregon
Epstein B, LLimulus
*Forrest A, LEhmann

L - Lifeguard stand M - Mat for wheelchairs/strollers
B - BathhouseA - Accessible to wheelchairs/strollers for beach viewing

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

Reminder of Ocean Rescue Staff Reduction

Ocean Rescue staffing levels decrease after Labor Day. The Town will have four lifeguard stands staffed through the end of September. From October 1 -31, lifeguards will be on roving duty; however, no lifeguard stands will be staffed. Keep in mind this information may change due to staffing levels.


  • Beach wheelchairs are available all year long, free of charge, from Douglas A. Remaley Fire Station 16 at 5314 South Croatan Highway. 
  • Reservations must be made well in advance due to a very limited number of available chairs. 
  • The borrower is responsible for picking up the chair and returning it.
  • Beach wheelchairs can also be rented from local equipment rental companies. Call Nags Head Fire Rescue at 252.441.5909 to reserve a chair or for a list of rental companies.
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 A MHolden A
Curlew AHargrove A M
Forrest AIndigo A

Beach Rules