Friday, July 15, 2022

Turtle Pond

 

Turtle Pond at Aviation Park
Kill Devil Hills, NC

When some people hear "Turtle Pond," they think of Central Park in Manhattan, NY, in New York City. But, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, in the Town of Kill Devil Hills, "Turtle Pond" is "also known as" AKA name for "Aviation Park."

Aviation Park is at 103 Veterans Drive in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Aviation Park has such a vast array of amenities that it is only natural to establish "also known as" AKA names.

According to the Kill Devil Hills Police Dept. (reported in local and regional news), Aviation Park is located off of Veterans Drive, across from the First Flight High School, and is also known as "Skate Park'', "Frog Pond'', and "Turtle Pond."

Aviation Park is also the location of The Town of Kill Devil Hills - Dog Park, "Mary's Paws Park." Aviation Park is the busiest public park in the Town of Kill Devil Hills, NC.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills is hosting the 
"First Flight Markets" at Aviation Park every
Tuesday
June 21st, 2022, to August 9th, 2022 
from 10 am - 2 pm

"First Flight Market" is a Pet-Friendly Event & Aviation Park is still open, including Mary's Paws Park during the event; please see: 
First Flight Markets 1st Market of the Season! 

The Town of Kill Devil Hills Buildings & Grounds Division maintains the Pond area at Aviation Park. The turtles, fish & frogs that inhabit the pond are on a natural diet and are not fed by the town; There is also a sign at the end of the small pier that extends into the pond that requests that the public not feed the turtles, fish & animals.

There is a 1/5 mile fitness trail around Turtle Pond. Park benches and Wooden Park Bench Swings sit along the pond front. In addition, a platform and a short pier extend into the pond to view the turtles, fish, and frogs.

Turtle Pond at Aviation Park
Kill Devil Hills, NC

Turtle Pond has shade trees that allow you to be out of the sun and enjoy the outside at Aviation Park in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Run or walk around the fitness trail, explore nature, sit and relax or swing and dream. Turtle Pond is calling you.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Yellow Flags Flying on the Outer Banks, what does it mean?

  



Most people know about the Red 'No Swimming' Flags and official No Swimming Advisories that bombard the media for Public Safety when in effect. Red flags are visible and abundant during No Swimming Advisories and mean, High Rip Current Conditions at area Beaches!

But not everyone knows what a Yellow Flag Flying on the beach means because the Yellow flag does not require the media attention as the Red Flags Flying. However, most people associate the color Yellow with Caution, and in a way, the Yellow Flags do mean Caution.
Ocean Bay Lifesaving Station & Regional Access
Parking Lot


According to the Town of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue, the Yellow Flags mean that there are Strong Currents in the area and to Swim with Caution. Please see https://www.kdhnc.com/946/Ocean-Rescue.

The Town of Kill Devil Hills
Ocean Rescue Headquarters
is located at
Ocean Bay Boulevard Beach Access
103 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 480-0080

There is also a webcam at 103 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC, that You can view at: https://www.kdhnc.com/189/Web-Cams
The Town of Kill Devil Hills, NC list the "Web Cams" at this location as
"Ocean Bay Boulevard Regional Beach Access"
Service Provider "Surfline HD Cam," has the location listed as
"Bath House."

Ocean Bay Lifesaving Station
& Regional Access (Sign)



Ocean Bay Boulevard Beach Access is also known as
"Ocean Bay Lifesaving Station" (Google Maps)
"Ocean Bay Lifesaving Station & Regional Access" (2007 dated present sign)
"Ocean Bay Blvd. Accessible Beach" (present sign)
"Kill Devil Hills Bathhouse"
and "KDH Bath House."
Ocean Bay Blvd.
Accessible Beach (Sign)







The Ocean Bay Boulevard Beach Access is Pet-Friendly and Handicap Accessible. In addition to the parking at 103 S. Virginia Dare Trail in front of the Ocean Rescue Office and Bathhouse, there is additional parking across the street that accesses a push-button crosswalk for safety.
Ocean Bay Boulevard Beach Access
additional Parking Lot across the street


The Public Bathhouse at this location does have showers and several other amenities that you will find listed on the above link to the Town of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue link.

In The Town of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Dogs are not permitted on the beaches between Memorial Day and Labor Day between 9 AM and 6 PM, except for those aiding a disabled person. Leash law requires dogs to be leashed year-round.


The Town of Kill Devil Hills does have "Dogi-Pot" stations at town beach access locations. Please clean up after your pet.

Also see:


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Outer Banks "Dollar General" Locations

Dollar General
Waves, NC

If your vacation travels lead you through Currituck County to reach the Outer Banks of North Carolina, there are Dollar General stores along your route. You will encounter several Dollar General stores. The two North Carolina mainland, lower Currituck Dollar General, stores closest to the beaches of the Outer Banks are located in Grandy, NC, and Point Harbor, NC.


Dollar General 
https://stores.dollargeneral.com/nc/grandy/8763/
6431 Caratoke Hwy
Grandy, NC 27939
(252) 772-9455


Dollar General
https://stores.dollargeneral.com/nc/point-harbor/19526/
8809 Caratoke Hwy
Point Harbor, NC 27964
(252) 491-1595

If your Outer Banks vacation travel leads you through mainland Dare County to Roanoke Island, NC, you will find a Dollar General store in the town of Manteo, NC.

Dollar General
https://stores.dollargeneral.com/nc/manteo/15442/
604 S US Hwy 64
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 423-4590

Two other Dollar General stores in Dare County are located on Hatteras Island. The Hatteras Island Dollar General stores are located in the villages of Waves, NC, and Buxton, NC.

Dollar General
https://stores.dollargeneral.com/nc/waves/15448/
26038 NC Hwy 12
Waves, NC 27982
(252) 987-4470


Dollar General
https://stores.dollargeneral.com/nc/buxton/17182/
47290 NC Hwy 12
Buxton, NC 27920
(252) 986-3445

Each of the above links to Dollar General stores can also provide you with locations of Dollar General stores Nationwide by clicking on "Locations" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. 

All Dollar General Stores have pet supplies you can access online by clicking on the Dollar General Logo at the top center of any of the above store links. Then, on the main Dollar General landing page, click "Categories," where you will find a dropdown box. Inside the dropdown box, click on "Pet."

To see a map of the Outer Banks and learn more about the Pet-Friendly Outer Banks of North Carolina, please see: Outer Banks Map - Islands, Towns & Villages.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Red Flags are Flying on the Outer Banks again!

Red No Swimming Flags
 on the Beaches of Kitty Hawk, NC
Red Flags are flying high along the coastline of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Lifeguards & Ocean Rescue throughout the Outer Banks have been hoisting red "No Swimming." flags to warn beachgoers of rough ocean conditions and rip currents. Other media outlets have also been spreading the word; Red Flags are Flying, and a NO Swimming Advisory is in effect.


Red "No Swimming" Flag Flying at
Hayman Blvd Public Beach Access
Kill Devil Hills, NC
A No Swimming Advisory is not a beach closure. The beaches of the Outer Banks are still crowded with happy beachgoers enjoying the sun, sand, shells, seagulls, and the pondering sound of the surf. 

Outer Banks lifeguards and Ocean Rescue are in constant contact with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and will adjust flags as officially advised for public safety. 

Please stay out of the water when you see red "No Swimming" flags.

Red Flags mean High Rip Current Conditions at area Beaches!

In addition, please keep your dog leashed and out of the water. 

To help keep yourself and others safe, please see:

Hayman Blvd Public Beach Access Parking Lot
Kill Devil Hills, NC

National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,

Outer Banks Veterinarian Articles to view are:

 Rip Current Dangers & Your Dog!  

In addition, "Tips for Beach Dogs"

Have Fun and Stay Safe on the Beaches of the Outer Banks of North Carolina!


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