Outer Banks Beach Nourishment

A beach in the Outer Banks

This summer, the Outer Banks will be undergoing a beach nourishment project to protect and maintain North Carolina’s shoreline. The process of beach nourishment restores the beaches by adding sand to an existing beach to widen the shores. Sand is collected from sandbars, inlets, or dredged up from the ocean floor and then deposited onto the beach of focus. Beach nourishment projects take place in the summer and fall as spring and winter storms make the process dangerous.  

Beach Nourishment will be taking place Summer 2022 in the following Outer Banks communities: Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Southern Shores, and Nags Head 

What does this mean for my vacation? 

Beaches being affected by beach nourishment will be unavailable for 4 to 6 days at a time. Construction equipment will be present with the accompanying sounds of backup alarms and other noises. However, there are plenty of beaches in Dare County available to visitors that will be free of beach nourishment disturbances.  

We Appreciate Your Patience as the Outer Banks Community Restores Our Gorgeous Beaches!

An outer banks beach

Where Will Beach Nourishment Be Taking Place?


Beach Nourishment will not take place in Corolla or the 4x4 beaches for Summer 2022