Avon, North Carolina Visitor Guide
 
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Avon, North Carolina is a very popular Outer Banks vacation destination with a lot of surprises to offer. First time visitors from urban areas will be amazed when they visit this unique town that has only two traffic lights and so much serenity to offer. Avon has lots of rental homes that are ocean front as well as others that are back a few rows and most all have easy beach access. All of the neighboring villages on Hatteras Island are relatively close to each other which means that the island can offer many different businesses centered around tourism like motels, B&B's, restaurants. markets, tackle shops, hardware stores, beach supply stores, and much more.

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In its early years Avon village had always been known as Kinnakeet but the village received a different identity when the post office adopted the new name in 1883. Although there is no official records of why the post office selected Avon as the new name, it is speculated that it was named after the river in England. Kinnakeet is an Algonquian Indian word meaning [that which is mixed]. This name was originally given to identify the area because it consisted of several settlements bunched into one.

Very few people remember that Kinnakeet once had enormous stands of live oaks and cedars which were valuable for boat building. The early village flourished as a pre-colonial boat building and repair capital for eastern exploration ships. Kinnakeet was once the island's most prosperous local village right up until Hatteras Inlet was opened by a hurricane in 1846. From that point on Hatteras Village took its place (mostly due to the location).

Because of the massive commercial harvest of Kinnakeet's forests, eventually there were no trees left which also ultimately killed most other remaining vegetation. This resulted in a massive sand dune that traveled west about 20 feet per month and shrunk the area at an incredible rate into the small sliver of an island that is now here today. 

This area was famous for being the location of Little Kinnakeet and Big Kinnakeet US lifesaving stations which were commissioned to assist in mariner rescues during our nation's early history. Read more about these Life Saving Stations and also find some great books on the history of the Outer Bank's pirates, shipwrecks and how this area was developed on our "history" page.  Also check out this link to the Wikipedia ongoing online reference page.

Our Local Beach Access Controversy Should Be A National Concern!

Whether you agree or disagree with the politics involved, Hatteras Island is deeply embroiled in some serious issues that may determine its eventual economic survival. Along with the economic and housing crunch that all American's are currently feeling, local businesses and citizens have been forced to take an active roll in defending North Carolina's previously free and open beaches. Our beautiful beaches have always been the basis of the local economy until recently when the NPS decided to begin beach closures in an attempt to expand their bird populations. To hear some local's give their point of view please visit Island Free Press and also please watch this eye opening [video].

       
Driving on the Beach  

Driving on the Beach/Beach Access Map

The National Park Service has instituted their new ORV Plan for Hatteras Island. This new plan includes a regulation requiring a special permit for driving on the beach on Hatteras Island. Visitors can pick up a permit at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or the Ocracoke Visitor Center. Two types of permits are available ($50 for 7 days or $120 for a full calendar year). You will also be required to watch a very informative seven minute video in order to get this permit. We highly recommend everyone watch this video even if you have no plans to drive on the beach because it discusses things like dogs on the beach and fires, fireworks, kites, frisbees, balls, etc. You can find this video and also a link to the most current NPS beach closures and access maps by clicking [HERE].

 

The Fishing

Although there are always plenty of things to see and do in Avon, the traditional main attraction remains the surf fishing on our local beaches.  Anglers can try for many different species throughout the year including red drum, striped bass (that's rockfish to the locals), bluefish, speckled trout, flounder, spanish mackerel, whiting (sea mullet), spot, croaker, black drum, various sharks and pompano just to name a few. It's hard to beat a relaxing day in the sun waiting for your rod to bend and then having the pleasure of eating fresh fish for dinner that you just caught earlier that day. Nearby Hatteras Inlet also offers a "world class" destination for offshore trolling to catch tuna, marlin, wahoo and mahi (dolphin/dorado).  Click on our fishing page from the activities list below for a bit more information on Hatteras Island fishing.  Also check out the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club for good quality information about fishing on the island.

We Have Activities Galore!

Click on a link to some of the many activities available on Hatteras Island for Avon, NC visitors.

Basic Travel Preparation

I am often asked to provide a list of things that I might consider to be basic travel preparations. One of the things that many visitors are always concerned about is exactly what our area has available in case of medical emergencies. Rest assured that Hatteras Island has exceptional medical attention always available. Please visit this page for a listing of medical and dental facilities that are currently available.

Government

Avon is unincorporated and is represented on the Dare County Board of Commissioners. The Dare County Sheriff's Office located in the town of Hatteras patrols Avon. Water and garbage pick up are also provided by Dare County as are all other services that are not provided by the State of North Carolina. 

Interesting Avon Statistics

These statistics were compiled in 2007. The listed population for Avon (zip 27915) was 735. The median home value was $635K. Air quality was rated 72 out of a perfect 100 and water quality was rated 90 out of a perfect 100 compared to the national averages. Avon averages 210 sunny days a year.  The average elevation is 7 feet above sea level as compared with the national average of 1062.

The median income is $39, 841 per entire household with the cost of living 36% higher then the national average.  High utilities and taxes are the main culprits for this figure. 20.7% of the employed citizens work in the service industry, 11.70 in construction and 38.01 in various sales jobs.

 

Lone Woman on the Boat

"Lone Woman on the Boat" by local author Melba Milak

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