Coast Clearer

Outer Banks, North Carolina

May 28, 2009
Outside Magazine

This summer, Class VI River Runners debuts a mile-long zip-line canopy tour over its 180-acre spread, on the boundary of West Virginia's New River Gorge National River. But come for the East's best whitewater. With a Stay and Play package, guests get three days of floating the Class III–V Lower New River, zipping through hemlocks, and crashing in a rustic cabin. $434 per person for three nights; April–August;

These 175 miles of coastal sandbar islands can be spendy and busy. But there's a way to avoid crowds and still get into some of the East Coast's best surf. Go south from Pea Island to the one-gas-station town of Frisco and book a cabin at Frisco Woods campground. Rent a shortboard at Natural Art Surf Shop, five miles north, and head toward the Historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse—the tallest in the country. Work up a sweat climbing 248 stairs for endless Atlantic views. Then, as the tide rolls in, paddle out to consistent four-footers. Day two: Hike through 970-acre Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve, two miles from Frisco. Afterwards, head to Hatteras, grab a barstool at Dirty Dick's Crabhouse, and get into some steamed hardshell crab (—yes, that's the Web site).

EXPENSE REPORT Two nights at a cabin (252-995-5208): $162. Board and wetsuit rentals for two (252-995-5682): $30. Two shrimp baskets and two flounder sandwiches at the Hatterasman ( $35. Lighthouse tour for two: $14. Crab dinner for two: $65. Total: $306

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