|For the Byway traveler:|
Outer Banks National Scenic Byway begins in the north at Whalebone
Junction, the joining of US 64-264, US 158, and NC 12, in Nags Head,
Dare County, North Carolina. Byway travelers following the Byway’s NC
12 south are flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Pamlico
Sound on the west. The Byway traverses Bodie and Hatteras islands in
Dare County, Ocracoke Island in Hyde County and Down East in Carteret
County to end on the west side of North River at the intersection of US
70 and Merrimon Road (SR 1300). The route includes two ferry rides, one
free between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands and the other, longer toll
ride between Ocracoke Island and Down East’s Cedar Island.
Travel Directions to Byway Entrances:
Entrance at Down East, Carteret County, N.C : From I-95
follow U.S. 70 from Smithfield, N.C. through Morehead City and
Beaufort, to the byway gateway at North River.
- Northern Entrance at Whalebone Junction, Dare County, N.C.: From the west: From I-95 follow U.S. 64 from Rocky Mount, N.C. east to
N.C. 12 at Whalebone Junction (entrance to the Cape Hatteras National
Seashore). From the North: From I-64 in Norfolk, Va., take Va.
Route 168 south at Chesapeake, Va.; follow Route 168 which changes into
U.S. 158 East at Barco, N.C. Take U.S. 158 to N.C. Route 12 and the
Scenic Byway and Cape Hatteras National Seashore entrances at Whalebone
Address: PO Box 147, Rodanthe, NC 27968