The village of Avon is located south of the village of Salvo and north of the village of Buxton on what is known as Hatteras Island. Many visitors to the area will every now and then hear this village referred to as Kinnakeet. It was the name that a local tribe of Algonkian Native Americans gave to the area and was later picked up by settlers hundreds of years ago. However, like most of the neighboring villages of the day, the Kinnakeet name fell to the mercy of the U.S. Postal Service which redubbed the area Avon, a more pronounceable name. Many native islanders will still refer to themselves as Kinnakeeters, which adds a touch of historical ambiance that many visitors enjoy.
The past topography of Avon was a mass of maritime forest covering much of the area. Due to the abundance of trees, shipbuilding became a major industry of the area but eventually died out once the trees were completely utilized without replanting. Fishing was also a huge source of revenue in the early days and still continues to this day to be a strong industry and highly popular recreational activity for both visitors and locals alike. Many residents earn their living from commercial fishing and many of the local catches such as Red Drum, king mackerel and dolphin, are shipped away as far as New York or Baltimore.
Vacationers to Avon will enjoy miles of pristine beaches and beautiful, crystal clear water. Locally owned restaurants and shops are available for visitors to utilize and the island's only major supermarket is a big draw for vacationers. One of the most attractive things about Avon that brings back thousands of vacationers year after year is its status of being a world renowned destination for kite boarding and windsurfing.
The water sports of kite boarding and wind surfing have exploded in popularity over the past thirty years, with many local Avon shops offering locals and vacationers the opportunity to take lessons and rent equipment. A narrow inlet about two miles south of Avon is a very popular spot, where on any given day you may see what seems like a hundred wind surfers and kite boarders dancing about on top of the waves. Indeed, Avon has become so popular for these sports drawing in visitors from all over, that this particular spot was renamed Canadian Hole. For those who may not be ready to try these activities, it is still no less entertaining to watch them skim across the waves with amazing skills and flourishes.
For beachgoers, Avon offers up some of the most beautiful and scenic beaches you will find on Hatteras Island. Many outstanding vacation rental properties are available to vacationers and many oceanfront homes line the dunes, providing great views and short walks to the ocean. Other great activities you'll want to enjoy include surfing, bike riding, parasailing and golfing. For those looking for lots of beach fun in an area that gives to meaning to beautiful relaxation, Avon will be ready and waiting.