Barnes Hunting Lodge

    Many people come to the Currituck area to enjoy the beach, the wild horse sightings, and the great fishing, but did you know it’s an ideal vacation spot for hunters? Duck season is especially popular, and each year hunters come to Knotts Island is hopes of capturing some wild waterfowl. While Knotts Island is small, there are accommodations available for hunters, including Sandy Point Campground Resort and Barnes Hunting Lodge.=

    Open to hunters since the 1920s, Barnes Hunting Lodge has room for up to ten people and offers meals with the room rates. Each room sleeps two people and has a fireplace and other amenities to keep you comfortable. Pets are welcome.

    The lodge is open usually through the waterfowl season – November through January – and rates vary. If you have several people in your party, be sure to call ahead for reservations at 252-429-3163.

    Guided tours of hunting areas are also available if you’re not familiar with Currituck, North Carolina.

    Barnes Hunting Lodge is close to the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Knotts Island Market if you need provisions for your trip. If you’re coming from mainland Currituck you can take the ferry into Knotts Island and enjoy your stay!


    On Knotts Island, there’s one place where you can literally find anything you need to enjoy a day in Currituck County. The Knotts Island Market is the area’s only full-service grocery store with gas, and when you come inside you’ll find there’s so much more to the place. It’s a favorite stop for locals and visitors passing through either via Pungo in Virginia Beach or the Knotts Island ferry. Seven days a week, all year round, the Knotts Island Market is here to serve you.

    Depending on the season, the market closes around 9 or 10PM, but they are typically open early each morning for the breakfast shift. The grocery features a full-service deli where you can pick up some hot biscuit sandwiches, cold milk, and other goodies for a fishing trip. Yes, you can even buy bait there if you don’t have enough! For lunch, there’s fresh, hot pizza slices and sandwiches, and other home-cooked meals you can eat there or take home for dinner. People visiting Martin Vineyards like to stop in for bread and cheese to take along for an afternoon of wine tasting.

    knotts-island-market-obxKnotts Island Market also serves at your anything and everything store while you stay in Currituck. Movie rentals, office supplies, auto accessories, and of course gas are available during business hours. You could spend an hour or more just looking around.

    Knotts Island Market is easy to find on Knotts Island Road – it’s not far from the ferry and a short trip into Virginia Beach without having to take any toll roads. Find something good to eat and something to take home today.

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    Martin Farm and Winery

    Martin Vineyard & Orchard

    Martin Farm and Winery overlooks beautiful Knotts Island Bay, and is the perfect setting for a destination wedding. The farm is most known for its u-pick peaches along with other quality fruits and vegetables.  The winery offers a variety of sweet wines, their “famous” peach slushies, a small assortment of beer, and kid friendly beverages. Seasonal.

    Please call ahead as days and hours of operation vary.

    Sandy Point Resort Campground

    When you really want to get away from it all and get back to nature, you go camping. On Knotts Island, NC, the Sandy Point Resort Campground offers visitors a quiet setting with primitive and full hook-up sites on the water in a great location. Sandy Point is close to the Knotts Island Ferry, so you can easily access mainland Currituck or stay onsite and take advantage of outdoor recreation and fun.

    Sandy Point Resort is located on Knotts Island, North Carolina with a view of the Currituck Sound. We are open year around with 150 available camping sites – 80 full hookup sites, 30 water and electric sites and 40 primitive sites.

    If you enjoy fishing and crabbing, sailing, and water skiing, Sandy Point makes for a great vacation base while you have fun. The campground welcomes campers with tents and RVs, and even has a few cabins available for rental. If you have a boat, you can launch from the campground and enjoy the day on the water. For food and other provisions, the Knotts Island Market is close by and offers everything you need for campfire cooking.

    Rates vary according to the time of year and the type of campsite you reserve. Discounts are available for active duty military, and rates are lower in the off-season. Kids have access to a playground and basketball and volleyball courts, and you can also fish right off the docks! You’re also just five minutes from Mackay Wildlife Refuge if you’re interested in day hiking.

    We are a quiet family oriented campground with a boat ramp for your use, sandy beach and fishing access, basketball and volleyball courts, convenience store, water skiing and wind surfing. We are close to the a wildlife refuge and 30 minutes to the Virginia Beach, Virginia oceanfront.

    Sandy Point Resort Campground is located at 176 Sandy Point Drive in Knotts Island. It’s less than an hour from mainland Currituck via ferry and a short drive to Virginia Beach.

    Charles Kuralt Trail (Mackay Island)

    In the mid-Atlantic Coastal plain of Virginia and North Carolina, mysterious, dark backwater rivers flow into estuarine sounds contained by the Outer Banks. Here, eleven national wildlife refuges and a national fish hatchery are working to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their native habitats. The Charles Kuralt Trail has been established to help people enjoy these wildlands and to recognize the broadcast journalist who shared the delights and wonders of out-of-the-way places like these.

    Knotts Island Ruritan Park


    Pavilion with grills and restrooms
    Knotts Island Senior Center located next to park

    Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge

    Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge is an 8,219 acre parcel located on Knotts Island. The refuge is a popular spot for bird watching, bicycling, photography, fishing, and kayaking. Home to many endangered and threatened species, including peregrine falcons and American bald eagles, Mackay Island is also an important wintering area for thousands of ducks, geese, and swan. Visitors can often view wading birds, shorebirds, and raptors, as well as a variety of reptiles and amphibians, within the refuge. There is one auto tour route and two hiking and bicycling trails that provide access to the refuge, as well as 20 miles of canals that wind through the swamp-like habitat.

    From mainland Currituck, visitors can reach Knotts Island and Mackay Island via a 45-minute ferry ride across the Currituck Sound. For a more indirect route, automobiles can travel through a section of southeastern Virginia and wind their way to the islands via land.