South Nags Head begins at Milepost 17, commonly known as Whalebone Junction, and is the furthest point south on the central beaches of the Outer Banks. The area is in part, connected with the Pea Island National Refuge, and sections of this area are federally protected, so there is very little commercial development.
Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge to the west, this area only offers a long ribbon of vacation homes and smaller condos. There are no stores, restaurants or shopping in South Nags Head, just miles of beach and a paved, multi-use path. The multi-use path stretches the five-miles that spans South Nags Head and is perfect for walking, biking, dog walking and rollerblading. The lack of commercial development in this area means the beaches are wide and uncrowded.