Airports with nearby outdoor activities

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AOPA members have been asking for places they can fly to enjoy socially distanced outdoor activities within walking or biking distance of an airport, or a short drive. We put the question out to AOPA’s staff pilots as well as members and have compiled the responses.

One that topped the list for pilots is an aviation-centric outing: Visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial at First Flight Airport (KFFA) in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Other suggestions included going to the beach, biking, boating, kayaking, camping, touring caverns, fishing, golfing, hiking, or walking. The list isn’t comprehensive, but here are pilots’ suggestions from Maine to Florida and Washington to California. Check out the airports in the AOPA Airports and Destinations Directory as well as the Recreational Aviation Foundation’s Airfield Guide before you go: Some are private-use and require prior permission, and they range from difficult backcountry strips to large international airports. And, if you don’t find an activity on this list that’s close to you, search the directories for things to do in your area.


Feel the sand between your toes and listen to waves crashing at these beaches along the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico—all near general aviation airports.

Jeremiah Denton Airport (4R9) Dauphin Island, Alabama. Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA) in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Oceano County Airport (L52) in Oceano, California. Destin Executive Airport (KDTS) in Destin, Florida. Jekyll Island Airport (09J) in Jekyll Island, Georgia. Katama Airpark (1B2) in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Ocean City Municipal Airport (26N) in Ocean City, New Jersey. Billy Mitchell Airport (KHSE) in Hatteras, North Carolina. Ocracoke Island Airport (W95) in Ocracoke, North Carolina. Pacific City State Airport (KPFC) in Pacific City, Oregon. Block Island State Airport (KBID) in Block Island, Rhode Island. Mustang Beach Airport (KRAS) in Port Aransas, Texas. Copalis State Airport (S16) in Copalis, Washington. Biking

Get some exercise by biking around the area at these airports. Call ahead to find out if bikes are available at the airport or nearby, if they can be rented in town, or if you need to bring your own (folding bikes are great for paved trails or in town).

Bentonville Municipal/Louise M. Thaden Field (KVBT) in Bentonville, Arkansas. Oceano County Airport (L52) in Oceano, California. Everglades Airpark (X01) in Everglades, Florida. Jekyll Island Airport (09J) in Jekyll Island, Georgia. High Valley Airpark (GA87) in Suches, Georgia. The Maine Aeronautics Association’s

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