Kayaking Corolla

Whalehead Club and Corolla Lighthouse

I was heading home after a weekend of camping in Rodanthe and looking for someplace to kayak for a couple of hours.  I hadn’t been up to Corolla this year so I decided to head on up to the Whalehead Club and do a bit of paddling in the Currituck Sound.  This was one of the first places that I ever kayaked and I always enjoy coming back.  There’s plenty of parking and a very nice boat ramp.  I started off heading south but it didn’t take long to realize that there wasn’t much to see in that direction so after snapping a few photos of the Whalehead Club and Corolla Lighthouse, I turned into the wind and headed northwest for about a mile to the tip of little marsh island.  Using the islands to break the wind, I did a little wandering through the interior of the marsh just slightly west of the Heritage Park area before heading back along the outer edge to the ramp.

This is a great location for anybody looking for a relaxing day on the water.  There are plenty of rental companies close by if you don’t own a kayak and, depending on the wind, you can go from the wide-open sound or explore the various marsh islands to the north.  The launch site has easy access and when you’re finished paddling, there are picnic tables ready for your lunch. With the Whalehead Club,  the Corolla Lighthouse, and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education all within Heritage Park, it’s easy to spend a day here.  It should definitely be on the list of anybody’s Outer Banks vacation agenda.

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