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Cycle Around on a Hatteras Island Biking Adventure

There are countless ways to explore the sights of Hatteras Island. This Outer Banks barrier island, made up of seven villages, is home to countless activities and attractions. With its stunning natural beauty and idyllic weather, some of the best things to do on your Outer Banks vacation are located in the great outdoors.

With plenty of paths to discover on Hatteras Island, biking is a fantastic outing your whole group can enjoy.

Attractive young couple wearing helmets bicycles across a wooden bridge in Salvo on Hatteras Island
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A Guide to Hatteras Island Bike Rentals

Bringing your bikes with you on vacation is sometimes not possible, but don't worry. If you need to rent bikes, several local services have exactly what you need.

  • VayK Gear offers rental delivery right to your cottage and will pick up following your stay. Rent bikes and helmets and all your other beach activity needs from them. 
  • Island Cycles & Beach Gear Rentals is an excellent option for those staying on Hatteras Island. Their rentals include cruisers, fat tire bikes, kids' bikes, and bike accessories. They also have free delivery and pick-up to all seven villages on Hatteras Island including Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
  • Duck Village Outfitters provides rentals to the villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo. You can either pick up your items at their Salvo office or have them delivered to your vacation rental. Including standard beach cruisers, they also have bikes for kids, geared bikes, and adult tricycles. 
  • Kitty Hawk Kites offers rental delivery services to Hatteras, Avon, and Rodanthe. In addition to beach cruiser bike rentals, you can also rent accessories like locks and cup holders.
  • Slash Creek Outfitters, based in Hatteras, has beach cruisers you can rent by the hour, day, or even for the week. They provide free delivery to Hatteras, Frisco, and Buxton villages.
  • Ocean Atlantic Rentals' Avon location serves all of Hatteras Island. You can choose to pick your rentals up yourself or have them delivered to your rental. 

Where to Ride on Hatteras Island

Once you've secured your bike rental, it's time to set out and explore the Hatteras Island trails. With so many paths to choose from, you can find one that fits your group's activity level perfectly.

A popular trail is the .8-mile Buxton Woods loop trail. Make your way through the maritime forest on this path that starts and ends at the Buxton Woods picnic area. You'll get an up-close look at the diverse ecosystem and the animals that call it home.

Explore the "Tri-Villages'' on the bike path that borders NC Highway 12. During your ride, take a detour on residential roads, including Colony Drive, which borders oceanfront homes with many community beach accesses to hop off and explore.

Make your way to Pea Island Wildlife Refuge for a truly stunning bike ride. Biking is allowed in the park but only on designated public access routes and the service road around North Pond.

Avon has a sidewalk stretching from end to end, creating endless avenues for a scenic pedal. If you wish to veer off the main road, the path can take you into Kinnakeet Shores, a community with ponds, trees, and bounds of nature. 

For those staying at the end of the island, Hatteras provides brand new sidewalks as of 2022! Cruise through town and stop by your favorite shops or eateries.  

You can find other trail options in the Salvo Day Use Area, the National Park Service area around Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Hatteras Village, and Kinnakeet in Avon.

Family of three cyclists bike away toward a wooden multi-use bridge in Salvo heading south