Outer Banks Bike Tour

Outer Banks Bike Tour


The perfect time of year to wind down your summer cycling routine with some flat coastal riding.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina offers perfect cycling conditions along hundreds of miles of undeveloped seashore, fresh gourmet seafood, beach-combing and plenty of relaxation. Our ride winds through the marshlands, where we will see an abundance of bird life in the creeks and grasses. We will be bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Pamlico Sound.

We start our adventure on tiny Bald Head Island where we adventure onto the creeks with a little kayaking and an island tour of migrating waterbirds presented by the Island Conservacy. This little island is just 6 miles long and offers surface streets that are traveled only by golf carts. This is a wonderful warm up for the next 6 days of cycling.

The tour is more than cycling. There is history on the Outer Banks ranging from shipwrecks to pirate tales and wild horses descended from the Spanish herds brought to this country hundreds of years ago. We’ll follow along the network of lighthouses and life-saving stations that served these waters known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.” Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the most famous. We’ll also visit Bodie Island, Hatteras, Ocracoke and Old Baldy Lighthouses.


Rider Level

We categorize this route for Fit Recreational Cyclists. A cyclist should be comfortable riding over bridges, on roads with small shoulders and in light traffic.

  • Total: up to 246 miles
  • Daily: 12 – 60 miles
  • If flying, the closest airport is in Wilmington, NC. Starting point is Southport, NC.
  • Pick up time: noon on start day with an afternoon ride on Bald Head Island
  • Drop off time: 5pm end of final day
  • Transfers to and from the airport are included.

All breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days.

Accommodations & Dinners

All lodging is included

  • Southport
    ~ Local B&B
    ~ Ports of Call
  • Emerald Isle
    ~ Clam Digger Hotel
    ~ Sanitary Fish Co.
  • Beaufort
    ~ Inlet Inn
    ~ The Spouter
  • Ocracoke
    ~ Ocracoke Harbor Inn
    ~ The Back Porch
  • Nags Head
    ~ Oasis Suites
    ~ 1527 Restaurant
  • Van support
  • Maps
  • GPS mapping
  • Mechanic
  • 2 or more experienced guides
  • All ferry fees included
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Meals on off days
  • Souvenirs
  • 12% gratuity for guides, mechanics, volunteers and tour staff is not included, but greatly appreciated
Driving Time

Driving time from Wilmington to major cities:

  • Atlanta – 7 hours
  • Charlotte – 4 hours
  • Raleigh – 2.5 hours
  • Philadelphia – 9 hours
  • DC – 6 hours
  • Pittsburgh – 7.5 hours
  • Central Ohio – 9.5 hours
Special Note

Airline arrangements and shuttle service from Bald Head Island to Wilmington airport are available for guests wanting to extend their stay. Please call for details. Visit VRBO for places to stay.


  • 2022 – Dates to be Determined
  • 7 Days | 6 Nights


Per Person
  • Single Room - $75/daily

    Road Bike - $175 per week.
    Bikes are Trek Domane 2.3 light weight road bikes with travel pack

    e-Bike: $325
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Cocktail social hour on the first evening of the tour.

Day 1

Pick up at Wilmington Airport and shuttle to Southport for bike fitting. Bald Head Island – PM Island riding , Kayaking or Conservancy Tour

12 – 30 miles
Day 2

Bald Head: AM riding – ferry – Southport – Fort Fisher – Wilmington shuttle to Bogue Inlet

28 miles
Day 3

Bogue Inlet – Emerald Isle – Ft. Macon – Beaufort

23 miles
Day 4

Off day in Beaufort – AM City Bike tour – Kayak to Shackford Island – boat to Cape Lookout

Day 5

Beaufort – Cedar Island – Ferry to Ocracoke

35 miles
Day 6

Ocracoke – ferry to Hatteras – Buxton – Nags Head

52 miles
Day 7

Nags Head – Kitty Hawk – Manteo – Lunch – Shuttle to Wilmington

33 miles
"The Outer Banks tour offers much variety. There are historical sights, scenic waterfront spots, quaint villages, good restaurants for recharging in the evenings and great bike riding. Dennis and Elli do everything possible to manage the logistics and minimize the amount of time riding in the van. I have done tours with several different companies. I believe Cycle of Life Adventures did the best job I have experienced in planning and executing a tour. I highly recommend them to other cyclists."
Len - Phoenix, AZ

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