Washington Baum Bridge is a slab bridge over Roanoke Sound, connecting Roanoke Island to Nags Head on the Outer Banks. Just over a mile long, the bridge was completed in 1994 to replace an older drawbridge.

Both are named after Wanchese native Washington Franklin Baum (1876-1967), an influential citizen of the county during its formative years. As commissioner in the 1920s he led the drive to build the first bridge connecting Roanoke Island to the Outer Bank, and when that bridge was replaced in 1962, the new one was named in his honor.

At 82 feet at its highest elevation, the bridge features an incredible view of the Roanoke Sounds and Roanoke Island, and driving toward the beach in the early morning and toward the sound in the evening offers spectacular sunrise and sunset views.

The bridge also serves as one of the final phases of the popular annual Outer Banks Marathon that begins in Kitty Hawk. Runners reach the bridge at mile 23 of the race and are challenged with a 4% elevation grade for about 650 feet.

Under the bridge, across from Pirate’s Cove Marina is the Washington Baum Bridge Boat Ramp for small boats, canoes and kayaks. It includes a parking area for approximately 50 vehicles and trailers and several railed walkways that allow easy access for fishing.

Nags Head
Canadian Hole

Canadian Hole

Canadian Hole may be an unfamiliar term to the typical, laid-back Hatteras Islander vacationer, but to windsurfers around the world, the phrase invokes thoughts of an exact, postcard-perfect locale on the Outer Banks, where windsurfing and water sports conditions are truly at their global best, and any given day is a fantastic day to enjoy the ride.