Kill Devil Hills is the largest incorporated municipality in Dare county with a mixture of year-round residents and rental properties. It is situated in the middle of the northern Dare county beaches, with public accesses available. Kill Devil Hills is the site of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, commemorating the Wright brothers’ historical flights. It is a very popular family vacation destination.
The name Kill Devil Hills can be dated back to the colonial era. Shipwrecks were common at the time and many of the ships were transporting barrels of rum. When a shipwreck occurred, locals would scavenge the ship and hide the rum they found behind the large sand dunes where the Wright brothers later flew their first plane. The locals said that the rum was strong enough to “kill the devil” and the dunes where they would hide the rum were nicknamed, you guessed it, Kill Devil Hills.
Population: 7,000 year-round, 30,000 in summer
Beaches: Public with parking lots and bath houses available