Important Things You Should Know

Curbside pick-up is offered for both solid waste and recycling. Collection schedule:
Solid waste: Monday & Friday from May 1 to September 30; Mondays Only Oct. 1 to April 30
Recycling: Every Monday from May 1 to Oct. 31; first & third Only Monday Nov. 1 to April 30
Containers should be curbside by 5:00 a.m. on the day of pick-up. Trash left outside of containers will
not be picked up. If your containers are missed, notify the Town Office at 252.255.1234 as soon as possible.

Lifeguards are on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between May 1 and October 31.
Lifeguard stands are maintained at various locations between Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please see the Town of Duck Brochure or the Surf Rescue page for stand locations and more information.

The Town of Duck neither owns nor maintains any public beach access locations. Access to our beach is limited to Duck residents, Duck renters, and their guests through privately owned and maintained locations. The Town of Duck does not allow parking along state roads, and there are no public parking areas at beach accesses. Please check with the homeowners’ association for your vacation rental or with your rental company for beach access questions.

The Town of Duck incorporated on May 1, 2002, and by that time all oceanfront property, excluding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility, had been platted as private property, the vast majority of which was developed as a part of an individual subdivision, typically governed by a homeowners’ association (HOA). These subdivisions, approved by Dare County prior to the Town’s incorporation, typically provide access for the owners of property within the subdivision, their renters and guests, to the public beaches in Duck through private access locations. Whether a separate parcel of property or an easement on a property and irrespective of whether or not the streets in these subdivisions are public or private, access to the beach in these subdivisions can legally be restricted if located on private property, which, as a result of the Town’s historic development, all of the beach access locations in Duck are located on private property with the exception of an easement at the end of Plover Drive. The Plover Drive Easement was identified in a 1970 deed, however Dare County never accepted this easement as a public access. The Town’s position has consistently been, and currently remains, that an easement exists but that it is neither a Town owned nor Town maintained beach access location and as such the Town does not monitor or enforce its use. The Town does; however, monitor and when necessary enforce parking in the cul-de-sac at the end of Plover Drive in response to complaints and public safety concerns.

  • Remove all unattended personal items and tents by 5 p.m. daily or they may be removed as litter.
  • Monitor and refill all beach holes.
  • Keep at least 15’ between beach dune and tents for emergency access.
  • Stay out of the water when the red “No Swimming” flag is flying.
  • DUNES ARE FRAGILE! Do not walk, climb, dig, slide, jump or rappel off dunes.
  • Report stranded sea life, turtle nests, and shipwrecks to lifeguards.
  • Swim near a lifeguard!
  • Vehicles are not permitted on our beach between May 1 and September 30. Vehicles are permitted during the other months of the year using designated PRIVATE vehicular access points. There are no PUBLIC access points for vehicles within the town.

There is no public soundside beach or public soundside motorized boat ramps in Duck. Duck watersport businesses have private access and rent numerous types of non-motorized and motorized watercraft in which to enjoy the Currituck Sound. The Duck Boardwalk is a public soundside boardwalk, and may be accessed at various points throughout Duck Village. See the Boardwalk page for more information and details on the public Kayak/Canoe launch and day-use boat slips.
Nearby public motorized boat ramps which are not within the Town of Duck include: Bay Drive/Dock Street in Kill Devil Hills; Bob Perry Road/Kitty Hawk Bay in Kitty Hawk; The Whalehead Club in Corolla; and at the Harbinger Public Park in Harbinger.

Beach fires, fireworks, and bonfires are not permitted. Grilling on decks or near vegetation is discouraged. Grills can easily catch fire when used on or near wooden decks or when not shut down property. Make sure that all charcoal ashes are cool before disposal. While the sale of legal fireworks in Duck is permitted, the use of any fireworks (including sparklers) is prohibited and punishable by a $250 fine and requires a mandatory court appearance.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 to November 30. Be prepared: know the evacuation route; ensure your vehicle is fueled; if you’re a visitor, take all of your belongings as there is no way to predict when re-entry will be allowed.

While there is special provision in North Carolina General Statute that allows these golf carts to cross Duck Road, they are never to be operated on or along Duck Road. Street Legal Carts are available and are rented in the area. These vehicles are treated as any other passenger vehicle with the exception of a speed zone restriction of 35 mph. Street Legal Carts are allowed by North Carolina General Statute and must be licensed, insured, and operated by a licensed driver in accordance with all applicable traffic laws. Street Legal Carts may be operated on Duck Road and all other streets within the town. Remember, you operate a Street Legal Cart just as you would your car.

  • The Town of Duck does not issue any type of permit for golf carts.
  • No motorized vehicle may be operated on the Multi-Use Trail along Duck Road/NC 12.
  • If you are operating a Street Legal Cart on Duck Road/NC 12, you should never use the Multi-Use Trail as a right hand turn lane.

The town sponsors a variety of free, family-friendly events throughout the year including concerts, magic shows, and fitness on the Green, a 4th of July Parade, Jazz Festival and more. For details, visit