Our Story


Nags Head Hammocks started out just the way you’d probably expect, with a beach-loving dude who was really into hand-making hammocks. Our first Nags Head Hammocks store opened back in 1974, in a converted cottage at about milepost 10.5 on the old beach road.


Even in our early days, that little store just felt different from other shops along the beach. Never simply a location, our original store was a bona fide experience, where high-end handmade products and happy-to-see-you customer service paired with a leisurely beach vibe, that wonderful sense of the wild and windswept Outer Banks that you could actually buy a little of to take back home with you.

Hammocks, hammock swings and hammock chairs were set up all around, for kickin' back at customers’ leisure, while a talented weaver was always on hand, crafting a hammock right there for everyone to see — customers just couldn’t get enough of the weaving!

That’s not surprising. Watching expert hammock weavers at work can be downright hypnotic, with their one hand dancing through the air wielding a big wooden needle wound with rope, while the other runs along the last row woven, pulling and tightening, pulling and tightening. It’s all about the rhythm, and the feel.

When that original beach-road store eventually became too small for all the business it was doing, we moved to just beyond the Nags Head town line into Kill Devil Hills, on the Caratoke Highway, the main road through Bodie Island on the upper OBX. Our new location was immediately one of the most distinctive buildings here. Awash in natural light, wood and rope, cozy corners and soft hues, it doesn’t just feel good to visit; it feels right.

We now have three shops peppering the Outer Banks, from our KDH location on up to Corolla. Never simply showcases for our incomparable products, our three varied shops are designed for relaxing in, and relaxing well. They are experiences in themselves, awash in that welcoming feel of the distinctive rhythm of life along the Outer Banks.

At our Kill Devil Hills and Duck stores, experienced weavers still prominently ply their living art, encouraging customers to try their own hands at this age-old coastal Carolinas craft tradition.

We built this website as an extension of our OBX stores, and of our love of where we live. We hope you find your visits here rewarding, and that one day, your time here entices you out to see us on the OBX, to share in the full Nags Head Hammocks experience with us!


In the meantime, isn’t it time to get busy relaxing?
We’d love to hear from you!

About anything to do with our products or, for that matter, about our OBX stores or these beloved barrier islands we call home! Feel free to use our online Contact form, or you’re also welcome to call or write us (the old-fashioned way!) at:

Nags Head Hammocks
PO Box 250
Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (800) 344-6433


And by the way: We love, love, love seeing pictures of customers relaxing back at home with our products. We often put those photos up in our stores, in fact! So if you have a few to send …


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