Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head, NC

Jennette’s Pier has been a Nags Head institution since it was built in 1939 in Whalebone Junction (mile post 16.5, 7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail).  The pier has always been a magnet for fishermen, as well as other vacationers.  The North Carolina Aquarium Society purchased the pier in 2003, in an effort to save the historic structure.  Shortly after that Hurricane Isabel removed most of the pier, and almost destroyed the pier house.

The new pier, which opened in May, 2011, is built of concrete with wood decking, benches and rails.  It is now 1000 feet long, built in the ‘Old Nags Header’ style, in keeping with its heritage and the neighborhood.  The pier features three wind turbines, sheltered education panels, and a large, two-story pier house, which includes a gift shop, educational facilities, and the ability to host large events.  There will eventually be two aquariums in the pier house.  The pier also has a couple of areas where one can clean fish.  The whole pier, including auxiliary areas, is built to be environmentally friendly.

For a $200 contribution to the pier you can have anything you want engraved on a Corian fish, which will be displayed as in this photo.

At the time of this writing the daily fishing fee is $12 per adult and $6 for children under 12.  For those who just wish to visit the pier there is a suggested donation of $2 per person.

Jennette’s Pier is a pleasant place to visit.  It will be even better once the aquariums are installed.

Originally posted July 27, 2011

© Susan L. Stone 2015