Fodor's Expert Review Jennette's Pier

Nags Head Beach–Sight Fodor's Choice

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, 1,000-foot-long concrete pier but also a public beach access point with 262 free parking spaces. Operated by North Carolina Aquariums, this is a great spot for fishing—depending on the time of year you can catch black and red drum, flounder, king mackerel, mahimahi, gray trout, and others—and the website gives a daily fishing report along with details of some notable catches. Nonanglers can walk on the pier, check out educational programs and exhibits offered in the two-story, 16,000-square-foot pier house, or just laze on the wide, clean beach.

Beach–Sight Body Of Water/Waterfall Marina/Pier/Dock Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook Views Fodor's Choice Family

Quick Facts

72223 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, North Carolina  27959, USA

www.ncaquariums.com/jennettes-pier

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Walk-on $2; fishing $12 (3-day fishing pass $30, 7-day $65, annual $275)

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