little Buxton is located on North Carolina's Outer Banks
(OBX) and is well known for two things. Buxton is the location
of the famous
This is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States
at 208 feet tall. Also Buxton has some of the nation's finest
ocean surf fishing at a location affectionately called by
the locals, The Point.
residential winter population of slightly under 1400 residents
swells in size as the spring weather brings the promise
of good fishing. From then on, Buxton remains a fairly active
place until the first real sustained cold weather in early
January sends the fish to warmer southern waters. Buxton's
economy is virtually based on the seasonal tourism that
our local surf fishing and its associated tourism provides
us. As you cruise slowly and happily through Buxton at the
posted speed limit of 25 mph you can't help but begin to
realize that you have come to a unique and very special
place with a rich history that this area seems to want to
share with you. With plenty of Hatteras Island tackle shops,
restaurants, motels and unique Bed & Breakfasts available,
Buxton makes a very inviting place to enjoy your favorite
As one of the most family friendly towns in the Outer Banks,
Buxton is a popular destination among day-trippers as well.
Driving tours of the Outer Banks are also a favorite activity
among visitors, including such stops as the Wright Brothers
National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, Jockey's Ridge State
Park in Nags Head, Roanoke Island and, of course, the Cape
The Name "Buxton" Come From?
Buxton, six miles south of Avon and just north of Frisco,
was listed as "Cape Hatteras Indian Town" on early maps.
The first post office, established in 1873, served a community
simply called "The Cape". The name Buxton was chosen in
1882 after Judge Ralph P. Buxton (Crumbley and Ertzberger
1988). The name Indian Town came from a population of American
Indians that resided or camped at the Cape. East Carolina
University archaeologist David Phelps recently found large
numbers of European trade items at a site in Buxton, from
an Algonkian village thought to be the capital of the Croatan
chiefdom (Ward and Davis 1999). The native population encountered
at European contact was steadily reduced to poverty. In
1714 the North Carolina Council ordered that the Hatteras
Indians be supplied with corn, but the group never recovered.
The last reference to Indian inhabitants was in a 1788 deed
transferring the Indian Town site and more from Mary Elks,
Inden to Nathan Midyett.
Should Become A National Concern!
you agree or disagree with the politics involved, Hatteras
Island is deeply embroiled in some serious issues for its
survival. Along with the fuel and housing crunch that all
American's are currently feeling, the local businesses and
citizens have been forced to take an active roll in defending
North Carolina's previously free and open beaches which
have always been the basis of the local economy. To hear
our local's point of view please visit
Island Free Press and
also watch this eye opening
Driving on the Beach/Beach Access Map
National Park Service has instituted their new ORV
Plan for Hatteras Island. This new plan includes
a regulation requiring a special permit for driving
on the beach on Hatteras Island. Visitors can pick
up a permit at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras
Lighthouse or the Ocracoke Visitor Center. Two types
of permits are available ($50 for 7 days or $120
for a full calendar year). You will also be required
to watch a very informative seven minute video in
order to get this permit and we highly recommend
everyone watch this even if you have no plans to
drive on the beach because it discusses things like
dogs on the beach and fires, fireworks, kites, frisbees,
balls, etc. You can find this video
and also a link to the most current NPS beach closure
and access maps by clicking [HERE].
of its prime location on Hatteras Island in an area that
juts out easterly into the Atlantic Ocean, the warm waters
of the Gulf Stream come extremely close to Buxton and offer
a perfect environment for the early northern migration of
many ocean species of fish. When the fish arrive it doesn't
take long for the word to circulate and anglers from all
over will line up at "The Point" for an opportunity to catch
their own fish of a lifetime.
offers two well stocked tackle shops (Red Drum Tackle &
Dillon's Corner) to get fresh bait and excellent advice.
Since it is recommended that you let your tire pressure
down to 20 psi or less if you are going to drive on the
beach, it's a comfort to know that there are several places
in Buxton that you can immediately air back up when you
come off the beach.
is also the home of the
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club
with a membership of 900+ strong. CHAC holds an invitational
surf fishing team tournament every fall as well as also
sending its own members to represent it at several tournaments
along the coast. CHAC is a great place for visiting fishermen
to make contact and get the most up to date information
on what is happening in Buxton.
Hatteras Island Activities Galore!
Here is a list
of the many activities available on Hatteras Island for