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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
Driving on the Beach/Beach Access Map
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].
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.