Area Information

Corolla is well known for the wild horses that once roamed the dunes and marshes here.

Sitting at the end of Route 12, the Villages of Ocean Hill looks to the North to the rugged 4×4 area and to its south, the more established old village of Corolla with historic structures and quaint shops, spanning the land between Currituck Sound and the Atlantic, providing the best of the Outer Banks to its visitors.

Corolla is well known for the wild horses that once roamed the dunes and marshes here. While the horses still reside in the area, they are now protected behind two sound-to-sea fences away from visitors and car traffic but can still be seen from time to time frolicking on the beaches of the 4×4 area. For more information on the wild horses of Corolla:

Once a fishing village and outpost for the Coast Guard, Corolla is now a perennial favorite vacation destination for many. For a peek back into Corolla’s history, visit the beautifully restored buildings and shops of Historic Corolla Village.

Other area highlights include many learning and sightseeing opportunities located in the Currituck Heritage Park, including the historic Whalehead Club Historic House Museum, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, the Currituck Maritime Museum, and the iconic Currituck Beach Lighthouse.

The historic Whalehead Club, built in 1922 as a former hunting residence for a wealthy family, is now a museum open to visitors eager to learn of its rich past.

Climbing to the top of the 158-foot tower of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a must for all visitors to the area. This historic structure, one of five lighthouses erected along the northern Outer Banks as beacons of light to sailors for well over a century, is worth every one of the 214 steps you must take to see the panoramic view.

Wildlife enthusiasts will revel in the opportunity to learn from exhibits, demonstrations and classes at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in addition to exploring coastal North Carolina’s wildlife, natural history and cultural heritage.

Adjacent to the Villages at Ocean Hill community is the Currituck Banks National Estuarine with a sanctuary boardwalk, providing a nice introduction to Corolla’s tranquility and natural beauty. The handicap-accessible wooden plank walkway weaves through the marine forest to the shores of Currituck Sound and provides educational information about the area on posted signage along the way.

For adventure sport enthusiasts, numerous opportunities abound. Kayaking, sailing, deep-sea fishing, parasailing, jet-skiing, and cycling are all available in and around the Corolla area.

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