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Welcome To Frisco, North Carolina on the Outer Banks


Frisco, NC is situated on a narrow strip of sand called Hatteras Island and is a part  of North Carolina's Outer Banks (OBX). It is a popular destination for surf fishing, surfers, kiteboarding, sailboarding, sunbathers, boaters, campers, RV lovers, beachcombers and history buffs.

Popular Tourism Area

Official census numbers show Frisco as only 401 residences as of 2000, but this town swells with visitors from April through November. Frisco is approximately six miles long and it has one main highway (NC Hwy 12) entering and exiting. Even in the peak of the tourism season traffic is never a real problem here. The six miles of Frisco's beaches are part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and they are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Visitors with a four wheel drive vehicle are permitted to drive on specified Frisco Atlantic Ocean beaches. Check this page of rules and regulations concerning four wheel drive vehicles on the beach. 

One of the main tourism attractions for the area remains the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse located in the neighboring town of Buxton. The lighthouse is reported to be the tallest lighthouse in the United States and made history when it was moved in the late 1990s to protect it from beach erosion.

With plenty of Hatteras Island tackle shops, restaurants, motels and unique bed & breakfasts available, Frisco makes a very inviting place to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities. 

  Local Controversy Becomes National Concern   

Whether 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 [video].

Driving on the Beach  

Driving on the Beach/Beach Access Map

The 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].

  Our Outer Banks Fishing  

Although there are always plenty of things to see and do in Frisco, the main attraction still remains the surf fishing on the beautiful beaches.  Anglers try for many different species throughout the year including red drum, striped bass (that's rockfish to the locals), bluefish, speckled trout, flounder, spanish mackerel, whiting (sea mullet), spot, croaker, black drum, various sharks and pompano just to name a few. It's hard to beat a relaxing day in the sun waiting for your rod to bend and then having the pleasure of eating fresh fish for dinner that you just caught that day. Nearby Hatteras Inlet also offers a "world class" destination for offshore trolling for tuna, marlin, wahoo and dolphin (dorado). See our special fishing page here.

Frisco has a very well stocked tackle shop, Frisco Rod & Gun which can supply anglers with fresh bait and even fresher advice. If you didn't bring a four wheel drive, you can also try your luck on the Frisco Pier. This pier is known to be ultra-productive and is run by some great folks that will help you with everything from gear to bait. For those folks with a competitive fishing spirit check out the annual tournaments offered by the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club. 

  Frisco Has Activities Galore!  
  Please click on an activity to learn more about what is available on Hatteras Island for Frisco visitors.  

Fishing (surf fishing, offshore fishing, inshore fishing, pier fishing)
  Wave Riding (surfing, kiteboarding, sailboarding)
  Outer Banks Golf / Golfing
  Bird Watching
  Fessenden Center (basketball, softball, soccer, dance, skateboard)
  Camping and RV's
  Wall Climbing (Kitty Hawk Kites - Hatteras Landing)
  Climb Cape Hatteras Lighthouse/ Walk Trails
  Ferry Ride to Ocracoke

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  Brief Frisco History  

All of North Carolina's coastal towns have an interesting past. Frisco is no exception. Through the years we've had Native Americans, pirates, soldiers, spies and lifesaving stations just to name some of the local inhabitants. This area was once known for its fierce pirates including the infamous character named Edward Teach better known as Blackbeard. Bath, NC was where Blackbeard called home but he is reported to have hidden treasure all along the NC coast, most of which has never been found! If you are interested in our past history check out the many books available at the Pea Island Visitor Center operated by the US Fish and Wildlife service. Check out some interesting and brief history information here.

  Basic Travel Preparation  

I am often asked to provide a list of things that I might consider to be basic travel preparations. One of the things that many visitors are always concerned about is exactly what our area has available in case of medical emergencies. Rest assured that Hatteras Island has exceptional medical attention always available. Please visit this page for a listing of medical and dental facilities that are currently available.


Frisco is unincorporated and is represented on the Dare County Board of Commissioners. The Dare County Sheriff's Office located in the town of Hatteras patrols Frisco. Water and garbage pick up are also provided by Dare County as are all other services that are not provided by the State of North Carolina. 


There are several established housing developments within Frisco including Spencer's Woods, Brigands Bay and Indiantown Shores with several more in the making. The Hatteras Island lifestyle and property values tend to be on the upper end which makes it a great retirement destination for folks that are looking for a more serine and exclusive lifestyle. Because of the close proximity to Avon, Buxton, and Hatteras there is always something going on near Frisco, NC.  For more information about what is available on Hatteras Island click Visitors Guide.


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