The town of Kill Devil Hills has its own unique set of rules and regulations for accessing its public shoreline.

Visitors will want to keep the following rules and regulations in mind when visiting any public beach in Kill Devil Hills

Pets - Dogs are not permitted on the beach in Kill Devil Hills from May 15th until September 15th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. At all other times, dogs on the beach must always be leashed and under control of the dog owner.

ATVs - ATVs are not allowed on the beach anywhere in the town of Kill Devil Hills, (with the exception of roving town-sanctioned lifeguard patrols.)

Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are allowed on the beach, however glass bottles are not allowed. Transport beverages to the beach accordingly, and be sure and clean up any cans or debris left behind

Fires - Bonfires are not allowed on the beach, dune line, or any surrounding neighborhoods in Kill Devil Hills. Special permits may be available for civic or community groups. Contact the fire department at 252-480-4060 for more information.

Camping - Camping is not allowed anywhere on the Kill Devil Hills beaches or dune lines. There are a number of campgrounds and RV parks in the area for camping visitors.

4x4 regulations - 4WD driving is permitted in Kill Devil Hills in the off-season, typically from October 1st until April 30th. The speed limit on the beach is 25 mph unless otherwise posted, and some areas of the shoreline may be unexpectedly closed due to erosion, high tides, or other natural factors.

Fishing - Surf fishing is allowed on the Kill Devil Hills beaches provided that anglers over 16 have a valid North Carolina saltwater fishing license. Licenses are administered by the the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissions and be purchased online at, or purchased at local tackle stores, the Walmart in Kitty Hawk, or the Kill Devil Hills Kmart.

Fireworks - North Carolina prohibits the possession of any launching or propelling pyrotechnics which explode or make noise, and fireworks are illegal on all Dare County beaches, including Kill Devil Hills.

Glass bottles - Glass bottles are not allowed on any of the beaches within the town of Kill Devil Hills.

Lifeguards - Kill Devil Hills has a number of lifeguarded stations as well as four roving patrols in the summer season, which is typically from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. There is also a main Ocean Rescue Division office, which is located at the Ocean Bay Boulevard Regional Access building at 103 S. Virginia Dare Trail.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Fixed Lifeguard Stands include the following locales. Please note that these locations may vary by year.

  • Atlantic Street
  • Asheville Street
  • Avalon Pier
  • Baum Street
  • Carlow Avenue
  • Clark Street
  • Eighth Street
  • Fifth Street
  • First Street
  • Hayman Boulevard
  • Helga Street
  • Lake Drive
  • Ocean Bay Boulevard
  • Oregon Avenue
  • Martin Street
  • Neptune Drive
  • Second Street
  • Third Street
  • Woodmere Avenue

Surfing - Surfing is celebrated in Kill Devil Hills, although surfers will want to stay at least 50 yards away from the Avalon Pier to avoid injury or encounters with fishing lines. Surfers should also avoid the waves if red flags are posted along the beach, which indicate treacherous surfing conditions.

Beach Access - Kill Devil Hills has a number of public beach accesses with parking areas, and visitors are asked to use the boardwalks and established sand paths to access the shoreline. Do not walk along the dunes, or pick sea oats or other dune vegetation, in order to protect the dune line from erosion.

Beach Wheelchairs - Beach wheelchairs are available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis and can be used within the town limits only. Wheelchairs must be rented in person at the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department besides the Dare Centre, at 1634 North Croatan Highway.

Weddings - A permit is not required to get married on the beach in Kill Devil Hills, however couples are encouraged to contact the local police department of their wedding date and time in case of potential parking issues. Also, tents over a certain size require a permit by North Carolina law. For questions on tents, contact the Kill Devil Hills fire marshal at 252-480-4060.


American Pie

Discover the best homemade ice cream and authentic made-from-scratch New York Style pizza the Outer Banks has to offer at American Pie in Kill Devil Hills. An Outer Banks favorite for lunch, dinner or a delicious scoop of scrumptious ice cream after a day at the beach.


It was 1978 when Eddie and Lou Miller first opened Miller’s Seafood and Steakhouse. As a teenager, their son Brian spent his summers working in the restaurant, getting familiar with the family business. After college, Brian and his wife Beth came back to Kill Devil Hills and began working together at Miller’s. Brian and Beth officially purchased the restaurant from Eddie and Lou in 2007. A few years later they opened American Pie together, and both restaurants now carry on the Miller family tradition of quality, excellence and hospitality.


“I learned everything about the restaurant business from my parents,” Miller says. “They ran the business together for all those years, and now my wife and I are doing the same. “Throughout the summer, we’re feeding around 2,000 people a day in our two restaurants. It’s a challenge we embrace every season, and we get a lot of fulfillment from making it all work.”


The Millers focus on two main specialties: high quality foods and unparalleled service. Seafood at Miller’s is fresh and locally caught, and they serve high-quality Angus beef, fresh pastas and homemade desserts. At American Pie, guests enjoy hand-tossed pizzas and homemade ice cream.


“We put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the products we bring in are top-notch,” Miller says. “Our customers know that when they visit our restaurants, they’ll be getting the quality and consistency they’ve come to know and love.”

Brew Thru

No trip to the Outer Banks is complete without cruising through Brew Thru, the Outer Banks’ original drive thru convenience store. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing cold beverage of Coke, Pepsi and other soft drinks on the go, stocking up your cooler with refreshments to enjoy at the beach or piling up on beer and wine for a party, Brew Thru is a fun and unique experience all vacationers need to see for themselves.

Drive-Through Beer & Gear

Brew Thru is Your One-Stop Shop at the Beach

The year was 1977, and Dana and Becky Lawrentz were chatting with friends over brews in their hometown of Akron, Ohio. They got to talking about a gas station convenience store in the area that had built a makeshift drive-through. Everyone agreed it would be pretty great if you could actually drive through a convenience store and pick up everything you needed without getting out of the car. But what would you call a place like that?

Well, you’d call it a Brew Thru.

It was an idea they couldn’t shake, so the Lawrentzes moved to the Outer Banks and built the first Brew Thru with the help of a partner. The idea was that people could come buy everything they would need for their trip to the beach—beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, ice—without getting out of the car. That same year, a t-shirt salesman visiting the store and talked them into adding t-shirts to their product line—and 44 years later there are now more than five million Brew Thru t-shirts out in the wild.

The Lawrentzes’ daughter Brandy and her husband Philip Foreman purchased the business from them in 2002, and they now operate five locations across the Outer Banks.“We love being the one-stop shop for folks on the way to their beach house,” Foreman says. “Our car tenders are the friendliest people at the beach. We’re here to greet you, get you everything you need for your trip, load it up in the trunk for you, and have you leaving with a smile on your face.”

The store is quite expansive, featuring more than 100 brands of beer, dozens of wines and even a vast selection of cigars—not to mention all the snacks, t-shirts and other gear. To make ordering a little easier, customers in line get a menu—fondly known as the Summer-y—that outlines everything available at the store. These Summer-ies are also available in many of the beach rentals, which allows vacationers to decide what they want before driving through.

For customers who would like to get out and stretch their legs, there’s the Brew Thru Shop in Kill Devil Hills, where you can find their world famous t-shirts and other gifts. New t-shirt designs are created each year, making a yearly Brew Thru t-shirt a favorite of locals and annual visitors to the Outer Banks.

The Foremans both grew up in the Outer Banks, and they love that Brandy’s parents’ vision for a friendly and convenient place for people to grab their brews and other beach stay essentials is continuing to flourish.

“Our family has been welcoming people to the Outer Banks since 1977,” Foreman says. “We love this beautiful place, and we want everybody to get to enjoy it.”

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