Jennette's Pier Review
Built in 1939, Jennette's Pier was North Carolina's oldest wooden ocean-fishing pier until 2003 when Hurricane Isabel knocked it down. In 2009, the state of North Carolina came to the rescue, breaking ground for not only a new concrete pier but also a public beach access point with 262 free parking spaces. Fish, surf, build a sand castle, or just laze on the wide, clean beach in the heart of Nags Head just north of the U.S. 64/Route 12 intersection. When you get tired of sunbathing and swimming, check out some of the 16,000-square-foot pier house's various exhibits. Amenities: food and drink, parking, toilets. Best for: swimming.