Attractions & Points of Interest surrounding Ocracoke Island / Hyde County's Outer Banks

Dare OBX, Dare Mainland, Tyrrell, Hyde Mainland, Beaufort & Carteret Counties:: Attractions & Points of Interest usually within 1-1/2 hr. drive, excluding any ferry crossing times.

Albemarle Area Fishing Tournament Calendar

Events and Tournaments
Rock & Bass fishing.

Crystal Coast Fishing Tournament Calendar
Events and Tournaments
Offshore and inshore tournaments. Surf fishing.

Pamlico-Neuse Fishing Tournament Calendar
Events and Tournaments
Inshore tournaments. Bass & Rock fishing.

Albemarle Sound
Kitty Hawk, Currituck County, Camden County, Elizabeth City, Hertford, Edenton, Columbia, Plymouth
The Albemarle Sound, 55 miles from east to west, is the largest freshwater sound in North America. A favorite recreational fishing ground and a popular place for cruising, sailing and all water sports. It is also part of the IntraCoastal Waterway. For more info: Albemarle Sound

Aurora Fossil Museum
The Aurora Fossil Museum collects and displays fossils from the coastal regions of North Carolina and also from other places throughout the world. Their emphasis is on the preservation and display of numerous exhibits of fossil remains that come from the PCS Phosphate mining operation. Using these fossils, the museum tells the story of the formation of the Coastal Plain from the birth of the Atlantic Ocean to the present. The museum has an outdoor fossil bed where children can search for fossils, and the museum sponsors an annual Fossil Festival. Discover prehistoric man, ocean life fifteen million or more years ago and geological formations. The museum boasts a large collection of fossils from the nearby PCS Phosphate mine and allows visitors to see fossilized bones, teeth, shells and coral.

Alligator River Canoe and Small Boat Trail
Fairfield, Hyde County
This 21 mile trail is part of the Albemarle Region Canoe and Small Boat Trails System. It is made to order for the endurance canoeist who wishes to test himself. This beautiful stream winds through brackish marshes with picturesque snags left from a former forest. It is composed of three section, the first from the access off North Carolina Highway 94 to the landing at Kilkenny located on State Road 1322 in Tyrrell County. The second section continues on to another access located on North Carolina Highway 94 near the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge in Hyde County. The third continues up either New Lake Fork or the headwaters of the Alligator River. Sections 2 & 3 cross the Intracoastal Waterway, which during certain times of the year is heavy with yacht traffic. Hyde County

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge has over 150,000 acres of wetland habitats and a wide variety of wildlife, ranging from wood ducks and alligators to black bears and red wolves. Plant species including the Atlantic white cedar, bald cypress, wildflowers and shrubs are abundant. Hiking and wildlife trails plus fishing areas. Trails for kayaking and canoeing; guided canoe tours are available for a fee. On Hwy 64/264 west from Manteo. Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Alligator River
Columbia, Hyde County

Bogue & Core Sounds
Morehead City, Beaufort, Harkers Island, Atlantic Beach, Salter Path, Emerald Isle, Swansboro

Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge Artifacts
Those artifacts from Queen Anne's Revenge that have undergone conservation are on exhibit at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at 315 Front Street in Beaufort. NCDCR

Beaufort Historic Site
Preservation efforts have kept Old Beaufort much as it was when the town incorporated in 1722. Tour beautifully restored historic homes interpreted in period style, the old jail, the oldest wood-framed courthouse in the state, an apothecary shop, and the Old Burying Ground. Take a tour aboard a vintage English double-decker bus and hear costumed guides tell tales of Beaufort’s rich past of pirates, star-crossed lovers and Confederate spies. Stroll through the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery and view the works of local and regional artists. Browse through the Old Beaufort Gift Shop’s extensive collection of books on local history, hand-woven rugs, locally carved decoys, fresh herbs, pottery, and much more. ## Located in the 400 block of Ann Street in Beaufort's Historic District, the oldest of the town's cemeteries was established in the early 1700s and was closed by the General Assembly in 1825, fully occupied. The town disagreed, however, and continued burying its loved ones there until the early 1900s. Old Burying Ground inhabitants include a child who died at sea and was buried in a keg of rum, the great NC privateer Capt. Otway Burns and the crew of the Crissie Wright who died when their great schooner went aground at Shackleford Banks during a January storm in 1886. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Old Burying Ground tells many stories of Colonial life in Beaufort, NC's third oldest town. Tours of the Old Burying Ground are offered by the Beaufort Historic Site from June through September on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Beaufort Historic Site

Josiah Bell House
Civil War: Union signalmen stood near here directing the fire against Fort Macon in 1862. Soon after, the port became an important Union coaling station for the blockade. Tour of the historic area includes the Bell house, home to a Confederate secret agent and the Old Burying Ground, where soldiers from both sides, free blacks and slaves are buried.

Atlantic Ocean Resort Beaches of the Crystal Coast
Atlantic Beach, Salter Path, Emerald Isle, and the Cape Lookout National Seashore

Aycock Brown Visitors Center
Kitty Hawk
The center is called Outer Banks at a Glance and includes 17 state-of-the-art displays, a theater and brochure gazebo. Enjoy displays which combine computers, photography, video graphics, period music and sound effects, giving visitors an overview of the Outer Banks. Aycock Brown Welcome Center

Atlantic Ocean Resort Beaches of the Outer Banks
Carova Beach ,Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island, and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Bodie Island Lighthouse
Nags Head
The horizontally striped lighthouse rises 159 feet above sea level just south of Nags Head. The base of the tower is open seasonally, along with restored Double Keeper's Quarters, which contains lighthouse exhibits and a book shop. Bodie Island Lighthouse

Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve
The 825-acre Buxton Coastal Reserve, just south of the village of Buxton on Hatteras Island, is the largest stand of maritime forest remaining in North Carolina. Shrub thickets of live oak and red cedar... continued: Buxton Woods

Historic Bath State Historic Site
Historic Bath State Historic Site interprets 300 years of history of North Carolina's first town. Emphasis is given to the colonial period of Bath's history. The facility includes a visitors center and three historic houses that visitors can tour. NCDCR

Bath State Historic Site
Meander the streets of this historic waterfront community, which was the first incorporated town in NC. Home to Blackbeard the Pirate and the oldest church in North Carolina. Bath features guided tours of the Palmer-Marsh House (c. 1751), furnished Colonial home of wealthy official, and Bonner House (c. 1830), furnished home of a Bath planter. Van Der Veer House (c. 1790) is a self guided tour. Visit our on-site gift shop. The Bath State Historic Site is on the Historic Albemarle Tour. ## Ormond Amphitheater: This new amphitheater is being built for the Bath Tri-cenntenial celebration, and this summer will be the home of Blackbeard the Pirate, as well as other wonderful performances!

Belhaven Memorial Museum
The Belhaven Memorial Museum seeks to collect, display, and preserve historical and cultural artifacts and objects and to stimulate and encourage interest and support of the history, art, science, and culture of the Belhaven area, Beaufort County, and eastern North Carolina. The museum builds upon the unique and eclectic original collection of Mrs. Eva Blount Way and is housed on the second floor of the Belhaven Town Hall. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Museum began as the private collection by Eva Blount Way (1869-1962). Includes 30,000 buttons, dressed-flea wedding couple, antique dolls and toys, Civil War and World War artifacts, old money, furniture, farm tools, period fashions, an antique x-ray machine from a dentists office, and technological antiquities from around the world during the last two centuries. The Belhaven Memorial Museum is on the Historic Albemarle Tour. Belhaven Memorial Museum

Bath A.M.E. Zion Church
Archaeological site along the Bath Bay waterfront in Bath. Bath State Historic Site. Excavated in 1997, the site contains the foundation of the Bath A.M.E. Zion Church, built between 1895 and 1900. The church continued to be used into the 1930s but by 1940, it fell into such disrepair that it was abandoned and had disappeared by the 1950s. A plan to develop the property in the 1960s led to the discovery of an abandoned cemetery that contained some 42 unmarked graves.

Bennett Vineyards
Bennett Vineyards is the largest muscadine and scuppernong vineyard in the Carolinas and lies on a 138-acre parcel of colonial grant land in North Carolina east of U.S. Highway 17 between the neuse and the Pamlico rivers. The wine is made in barrels in a converted tobacco barn using recipes and techniques that emulate those of the earliest colonisits. The winery offers tours and tastings.

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
Harkers Island
The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center documents and preserves the cultural heritage of Core Sound through temporary exhibits, demonstrations and events. Its collection is the region's largest of waterfowl art and local decoys. Its gift shop has both antique and contemporary carvings. The Museum's exhibits and activities are located in its new building on Harkers Island, designed after traditional coastal North Carolina hunting clubs. Its community history archive is on line at The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum brings together the historical, cultural, artistic, environmental, and educational elements of eastern North Carolina to preserve the rich waterfowl heritage associated with the Core Sound area. The museum, when completed, will display the history, culture, crafts and lifestyles of the individual communities of the area.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Cape Lookout, Harkers Island
In 1804, Congress authorized construction of a lighthouse on Cape Lookout, the southernmost tip of the Outer Banks barrier islands. Completed in 1812, the Cape Lookout light was reconstructed in 1859 to its height of 163 feet and, today, is still an acting aid to navigation. It was painted with its distinctive black and white diamond pattern in 1873. A new keeper's quarters was constructed at the same time. The keeper's quarters is accessible to visitors on a seasonal basis. There is no access by road to the undeveloped islands of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Ferry services are available from Davis, Atlantic, Harkers Island, Beaufort, and Morehead City. Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Island
The Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964 to help protect wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. Fall and winter months bring thousands of waterfowl to the Refuge. Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Cape Lookout, Harkers Island
Cape Lookout National Seashore consists of three undeveloped barrier islands covering 55 miles. Activities include: fishing, swimming, birding, boating, windsurfing, kayaking and shelling. Cape Lookout Lighthouse is located on south Core Banks and is accessible by public ferry or private boat. Primitive camping allowed. Visitors should bring drinking water, sunscreen and bug spray. Pets are allowed on leash, but they are not allowed on public ferries or in concession lodgings. Cape Lookout National Seashore, which includes the Cape Lookout Historic District, conserves and preserves for the future the outstanding natural resources of a dynamic coastal barrier island system; protects and interprets the significant cultural resources of the past and contemporary maritime history; provides for public education and enrichment through proactive interpretation and scientific study; and provides for sustainable use of recreation resources and opportunities. Cape Lookout National Seashore">

Crystal Coast Jamboree
Morehead City
Now offering a wide variety of year-round family entertainment including comedy, country, rock, childrens, magic and holiday shows.

Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve
Islands of the Rachel Carson Reserve parallel the Beaufort waterfront. These islands provide nesting for a great variety of shorebirds and an ecosystem that is home to clams, whelks, fish, fiddler crabs and other creatures that are critical to the food web. It is also home to feral horses that live wild. Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve

Carteret County Curb Market
Morehead City
Carteret County Curb Market, the oldest continuously operating curb market in North Carolina, opens each Saturday through Labor Day, 7:30–11:30 am at the corner of 13th and Evans streets in downtown Morehead City. Choose from fresh vegetables, local seafood, cut flowers, and a multitude of baked goods. A demonstration garden is available to view throughout the summer.

Currituck Sound
Carova Beach ,Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Currituck County Mainland

Canadian Hole
Hatteras Island
Just north of Buxton on Hatteras Island wind surfers and kite boarders flock to the warm, shallow water of the Pamlico Sound, which combines with the steady Outer Banks winds to create unparalleled conditions for wind surfing and kite boarding. Canadian Hole

Croatan & Roanoke Sounds
Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island

Carolina Outdoors
Corolla Nags Head
Discover the unique eco-system and natural history of the Outer Banks with the area's leader in eco-tourism. Kitty Hawk Kites is also the world's largest hang-gliding school and kite store with adventures in rock wall climbing, kite surfing, parasailing, paragliding and more! ## This watersports division of Kitty Hawk Kites has quickly become the Outer Banks' leading Kayak Eco-tour operator with a variety of flat water tours in addition to sea & surf kayak lessons. They operate many watersports and retail locations along the Outer Banks from Corolla through Hatteras(Outposts in Nags Head, Duck, Corolla, Manteo, Avon, Hatteras ) offering Eco-tours, a full line of sea, surf and touring kayaks for sale and rental as well as a full line of accessories and adventure wear. Ask about kid's programming available in the summer months, and be sure to visit during one of their popular paddling events. Kitty Hawk Kites

Coquina Beach
South Nags Head
Coquina Beach photo tour. Great beach with very good facilities. The remains of the shipwreck of the Laura Barnes are located here. Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station
Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Historic Site preserves and interprets the oldest life saving station in North Carolina. With its original 1874 station, an original 1874 outbuilding, a larger 1911 station, and four other dependencies of various ages original to the site, Chicamacomico Life Saving Station is the most complete extant life saving station in the country. The site provides guided tours, collects and exhibits historical artifacts, and offers a variety of educational programs, lectures, and activities. Located on Hwy. 12. First U.S. Lifesaving Station in North Carolina built and manned in 1874. Original station was converted into a boathouse when a newer station was constructed in 1911; now restored to original structure. The historic seven-building site, with exhibits and displays, including one honoring the African Americans that manned the Pea Island Lifesaving Station, is open mid-April - November. Variety of programs offered during summer months. Call for schedule. Admission charged.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The tallest brick lighthouse in North America. Open for climbing Good Friday - Columbus Day. Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Ocracoke Island Lighthouse


Outer Banks
Stretched over 70 miles of barrier islands, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a fascinating combination of natural and cultural resources and provides a wide variety of recreational and research opportunities relating to the cultural history and natural heritage of the Outer Banks, shipwrecks, lighthouses, and the U.S. Lifesaving Service. Main offices and research facilities for Fort Raleigh, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the Wright Brothers Memorial, and the Ocracoke Lighthouse are located at the Fort Raleigh facility. Preserves and protects 75 miles along North Carolina's Outer Banks. National park includes Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and visitors centers at Buxton (year-round), Bodie Island and Ocracoke (seasonal). Free. Fee for camping. Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore & Ocracoke Campground
Ocracoke Island
Cape Hatteras was the first National Seashore in the country. It extends from Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet and includes 13 miles of pristine beach on Ocracoke Island. Local folks call this area "the park" and it offers a wide variety of activities such as birding, boating, camping, cycling, fishing, surfing, swimming, seashelling and wind-boarding! For a wonderful look at nature, visit the Hammock Hills Nature Trail on the island. Local shops on the island offer a variety of rentals such as bikes, kayaks, wind boards, help you explore this area. Ocracoke Island has the uniqueness of having the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Pamlico Sound on the other. These factors give the visitor a choice of water activities, depending on their abilities. There is also a National Park Campground on the island, situated between the two bodies of water with easy highway access nearby. Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Croatan National Forest
This coastal national forest contains 159,000 acres of estuary, hardwood forest, longleaf pine and pocosin. Recreation areas for camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing, hiking and wildlife observation. Fishing and hunting. Free. Fee for developed campgrounds. (2)

Columbia on the Scuppernong
This 35-acre district consists of a collection of buildings dating from the 19th century to World War I. Architecture styles range from Victorian to Craftsman, Tudor Revival to Romanesque. Self-guided tour. Tyrrell County Tourism

Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
The CTCRC is housed in the renovated Columbia Theater, a former movie palace that had fallen into disrepair. The focus of the CTCRC is on human interaction with the environment on the upper Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula, especially as witnessed through the heritage of farming, fishing, and forestry. Exhibit areas filled with artifacts from these three ways of life help tell the story of how people have utilized the region's resources through the centuries, while a variety of antiques, memorabilia, other items show visitors some of the common household needs and business wares of eras past. Perhaps the most unique exhibit in the Theater is an animatronic figure called ''Hunter Jim,'' who talks about the sporting heritage of Tyrrell County. The Columbia Theater has added an antique and gift shop. ## The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center is a local history museum housed in the old movie theater in downtown Columbia. Exhibits focus primarily on the history of the four major enterprises traditional to the northeast region of North Carolina - farming, fishing, forestry, and hunting. Other displays feature artifacts from local domestic life and industry, photographs, some Native American items, and some equipment originally used in the Columbia Theater.

The Village of Duck
This charming village is a great location for browsing in boutiques, galleries and gift shops.

Elizabethan Gardens
A living memorial garden to the English colonists who came to America in 1584-1587. Designed by the renowned firm of Innocenti and Webel, it contains elements of 16th-century statuary, indigenous plants and herbs. Elizabethan Gardens

Elizabeth II
Cross a narrow gang-plank and experience 16th century shipboard life in motion. A 69 foot sailing vessel, representative of those sailed to the New World in 1585, awaits your discovery at Roanoke Island Festival Park. See Roanoke Island Festival Park for additional information. Elizabeth II

Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve
Red Wolf  Located approximately 15 miles south of Columbia, the Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve is the largest single property and the first inland site in the North Carolina Coastal Reserve. The site maintains habitat for special concern, rare, threatened or endangered species including the red wolf, bald eagle, red-cockaded woodpecker Atlantic and shortnose sturgeons and American alligator.

Fort Macon State Park
Atlantic Beach
Fort Macon interprets and preserves the history of this structure. Displayed throughout the fort is the history of the site and its military role from the pre-Civil War era through World War II. Exhibits include the hot shot furnace in the fort yard, bread oven, kitchen and supply areas, and exhibits on the Fort Macon soldier's life. ## Built between 1826 and 1834 to guard the entrance to Beaufort Harbor, this five-sided fort constructed of brick and stone was intermittently garrisoned before being seized by Confederate troops in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War. Twenty-six casements are enclosed by outer walls 4.5 feet thick. In April, 1862 the fort was recaptured by Union forces. During the Reconstruction Era, it was used as a prison. Fort Macon was re garrisoned in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and from 1941-1945 during World War II. Today, Fort Macon is one of the finest surviving examples of 19th century military architecture and fortification. Areas of the fort have been restored to depict periods of soldier occupation. Civil War reenactments occur during summer months. You may tour the restored fort daily except Christmas day. Swimming, fishing, a nature trail and picnicking are available daily. Free ## Civil War: Built 1826-1834 to protect the deep-water port at Beaufort, this fort was taken by North Carolina militia in April 1861. Confederate occupation lasted a little more than a year. Fort Macon fell April 25, 1862 to a Union land-sea operation. The site remains in good shape and is maintained with its Civil War history in mind. Good exhibits located in the casemates. Frequent programs during the summer. Guided and self-guided tours available. Fort Macon State Park

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
A begining chapter in the story of America is kept on the north end of Roanoke Island at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the place of England's first colonization efforts. Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers and colonists established settlements in this area in 1585 and 1587. The site is home to the nation's longest running outdoor symphonic drama The Lost Colony, staged during the summer at the park's Waterside Theatre. Also within the site is The Elizabeth Gardens, a year-round living memorial to England's first colonists. Fort Raleigh

Freedmen's Colony / Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony is recognized as a historic National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site. A marker was erected in 2001 to designate the site of a permanent colony on Roanoke Island between 1862 and 1867. Most of its 3,000 residents had been slaves three years earlier in northeastern North Carolina. Today, there is a path through the woods north of Fort Raleigh that leads visitors to a commemorative park along Croatan Sound. ## Civil War: Freedmen's Colony set up after Union forces captured the island. Slaves escaping the mainland flocked to the protection of the Federal army. A formal colony was established in May 1863. Several units of Union troops were raised from the colony. Fort Raleigh

Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center
The Frisco Native American Museum seeks to increase understanding and appreciation of Native Americans from pre-history to the present through exhibits, programs, outreach activities, and special events. Collections include representative samples from a broad range of North American cultures and include one of the most significant collections of photographs and research on the Chirichiua Apache, the tribe of Geronimo, in the world. Efforts are made to encourage preservation of native artifacts through involvement in local archaeological digs. Natural history exhibits, trails, and classroom space are available to the public for educational programming. ## Features a nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts and exhibits. Natural History Center includes educational displays, special films, live exhibits and a nature trail winding through beautiful maritime forest. Trail for visually-impaired persons

Gallery Row
Nags Head
Art galleries, jewelry, crafts.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Hatteras Village
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the preservation, advancement, and presentation of maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer banks from the earliest periods of exploration, through colonization, to the present day with particular emphasis on the periods from 1524 to 1945. The museum preserves, researches, exhibits, and interprets its collections of artifacts and other items for the benefit of the general public and specialized audiences. The museum seeks to inspire appreciation, encourage discovery, and promote an active, responsible understanding of the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks in relation to local history, US history, and the broader history of seafaring. ## A unique museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich maritime history of the Outer Banks and the 1,000 known shipwrecks that rest off this coast. Interior construction continues behind the scenes while a section of the Museum is open and a portion of its collections is on display. These include artifacts from diverse sources: The Huron, the Cibao, the captain's desk and ship's bell from the ghostship, the Carroll A. Deering , the wheel from the John Duke , assorted beach ''finds and salvaged cargo, medals from the King of Norway and special exhibit of General Billy Mitchell on Hatteras Island. ## Civil War: describe the Civil War events at or near the site including the capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark in 1861, the sinking of the USS Monitor in 1862 and other wartime shipwrecks in the area

Goose Creek Gameland
Opened and managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Goose Creek Gameland is a series of waterfowl impoundments, each about 200 acres in size on a peninsula on the south side of the Pamlico River between Aurora and Hobucken in Beaufort and Pamlico counties. The best time to observe waterfowl is from January 20 through February. The best time to see wading birds is from May to August. Impoundments are north and east of NC 33 and are best reached from several public launch sites nearby. The swamp forest is south and west of NC 33. Hunting occurs during fall, winter and April through May, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and holidays. The best time to visit the gameland is non-hunting days. Visitors will need a boat to see much of the area. The water can often be rough so boats 16 feet or longer are advised.

Goose Creek State Park
Nature beckons you to experience the mysterious wonders of marsh and swamp along the borders of the Pamlico River and Goose Creek. Canoe the unhurried creeks, fish on the shores of the Pamlico River or learn more about wetlands. Birders and hikers are welcome. ## Goose Creek State Park seeks to preserve and to educate the public about the plantlife, wildlife, and ecosystems of the Goose Creek, Mallard Creek, Flatty Creek, and Pamlico River area through educational programs, permanent and traveling exhibits in the Environmental Education Center, and ongoing conservation projects in partnership with regional and local organizations. Permanent collections include mounted specimens of many of the animal species found in and around Goose Creek State Park. A five minute film is available to introduce visitors to sights in the park. The park's newletter, The Waterline, can accessed on the NC State Parks website, Goose Creek State Park

The History Place
Morehead City
The Crystal Coast's newest attraction site is The History Place in downtown Morehead City. The History Place exhibits a widely varied collection that reflects the cultural history of North Carolina's coast from its indigenous Indians through World War II. The research library offers a broad Civil War collection and genealogy research materials. Tea room is on site. Admission is free. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. ## The History Place fosters and promotes public knowledge of and interest in the history and culture of the people of Carteret County. They accomplish this through the collection, preservation, interpretation, documentation, and exhibition of written and tangible materials. A spacious exhibit hall features displays on the culture and history of Carteret County. The museum maintains a library with over 4,000 volumes of American and North Carolina History. The library also collects and maintains a large collection of local history and genealogy material. Civil War items.

Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail
Atlantic Beach
This 31-acre maritime forest serves as a refuge for fish, wildlife and plant communities in an enormous diversity of coastal habitats. The property is permanently protected by the NC Coastal Federation. It was purchased in 1996 with a grant from the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund. A low-impact 1/2-mile trail is open to the public during daylight hours and is located off Highway 58 in Atlantic Beach next to the Atlantic Station Shopping Center. Free trail guides are offered at the trail entrance. ## Civil War: Union position here became the base of operations against Confederate-held Fort Macon, five miles away, March-April 1862. From here, Federal artillery was dragged with difficulty up the beach to within range of the fort.

Intracoastal Waterway
Camden County, Elizabeth City, Currituck County, Hyde County, Belhaven, Oriental, Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Swansboro, Sneads Ferry, North Topsail Beach, Surf City, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nags Head
Rising 110 feet, Jockey's Ridge is the tallest active sand dune on the east coast. Hiking, hang gliding, kite flying and sunset watching over Roanoke Sound. Facilities include picnic area, museum and auditorium.

Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the eastern United States. It is an example of a medano-a huge hill of shifting sand that lacks vegetation. Long before the first European settlers, the Algonquian Indians inhabited the Outer Banks. Following its sighting by Spanish and French explorers, the ridge became an important landmark for mariners. Jockey's Ridge, which was in danger of being compromised by commercial development, was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1974 and became a State Park in 1975. Visitors to this park can enjoy nature trails, educational programs, a museum that interprets the natural and cultural history of the site, and recreational activities including hang gliding. Jockey's Ridge

Jennette's Fishing Pier
Nags Head
The oldest fishing pier on the Outer Banks provides a great fishing experience for the entire family. The main exhibit, ''Giants of the Sea,'' showcases state-record trophy fish mounts and five aquariums with indigenous fish species on display. The pier also houses an outpost for the North Carolina Aquarium Education Department, which offers a wide variety of coastal educational opportunities for children of all ages. Aquarium education classes run Monday - Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The Walter B. Jones, Sr. Center for the Sounds
Located on the Scuppernong River, the facility includes a visitor center, wildlife exhibits, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge film and nature store (The Bears Den).

Kitty Hawk Kites
Nags Head
Known widely as the world's largest Hang Gliding School for over 25 years, Kitty Hawk Kites is the Outer Banks' Family Adventure Center. Try one of our many family adventures, on the water or off. Learn to Hang Glide over soft sand dunes or fly tandem with an instructor to 2000 ft. The Wright Brothers chose the Outer Banks for their first flight, so can you. More adventure activities available are Kite Surfing, the newest watersport phenomenon, Dolphin Tours on a 24-passenger Jet Boat, challenging Rock Climbing Walls, for all ages, and much more. Don't forget to check out one or all of our kite and toy stores, full of fun and adventure for the whole family. Kid's programs run throughout the summer, as well as many spectacular kiting and hang gliding events! Kitty Hawk Kites

Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve
Kitty Hawk
The Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve is an 1,800 acre protected area made up of both maritime deciduous forest, maritime swamp forest and fresh and brackish marsh ecosystems. The only maritime forest in the state dominated by the bald cypress. More Info: Kitty Hawk Woods

The Lost Colony
The Lost Colony Waterfront Theatre Waterside Theater has been the home of Paul Green's THE LOST COLONY since its inception in 1937. As the oldest outdoor symphonic dramas in America, THE LOST COLONY portrays the fascinating story of 117 men, women and children as they attempt to make a new home in an untamed land, then disappear without a trace. THE LOST COLONY has remained one of history's greatest mysteries for more than 400 years. Director Drew Scott Harris has woven Paul Green's dream into a tapestry of Elizabethan England and the world the colonists found on Roanoke Island. The classic love story - transcending English social boundaries - is at the center of Paul Green's American epic. Clashes with Indians, overcoming adversity, and the ability to still find humor in everyday life keep audiences - young and old - captivated. Lost Colony

North Carolina Maritime Museum
The North Carolina Maritime Museum documents, collects, preserves, and researches the maritime history, and its corollary natural history, of coastal North Carolina for the purpose of interpreting this history through educational services and exhibits for our contemporary society, and passing intact its material culture to future generations. The museum complex includes the main exhibit hall and the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center for the construction and restoration of wooden boats. The museum also maintains the Charles R. McNeill Library and archives with books, journals, photographs and manuscripts on or relating to maritime history. ## The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort preserves and interprets all aspects of the rich maritime heritage of the state through educational exhibits, programs and field trips. Exhibits take visitors from the dugout canoes of native Americans through the variety of sail rigs and hull designs of explorers, traders and privateers. They recall the brave traditions of the US Lifesaving Service and the African American heritage in that service and the menhaden fishery, tools of wooden boat builders and navigators, and repair shops of the earliest outboard engines. Artifacts from the shipwreck that is proving to be Blackbeard the pirate's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge add the excitement of one of the most significant archeological finds of this century. In the museum's Watercraft Center, visitors watch the construction and restoration of wooden boats. Educational programming includes the Cape Lookout Studies Program, Boatbuilding Skills Classes, Summer Science School for Children and the Junior Sailing Program as well as field trips to coastal habitats, kayaking, adult, family, and private sailing instruction, sliding seat rowing, fossil hunting trips, birding trips, marine life collecting cruises, wildflower and mushroom walks. Quarterly calendars of year around museum activities are available on request. NC Maritime Museum

NCDOT Ferry System: Cedar Island / Ocracoke
Cedar Island - Ocracoke Island
NC Department Of Transportation Ferry System  Cedar Island is a small fishing village on NC Hwy 12 in eastern North Carolina. It is known for its seafood, wild horses and unique way of life. This beautiful little village is also the home of the Cedar Island to Ocracoke Ferry; this route is a 22-mile run and takes approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. Ocracoke is a tiny island community with huge things to offer its visitors: outstanding surfing and fishing, including several charter fishing services, beautiful beaches, one of the state's oldest lighthouses, and unique shopping opportunities. There are over a dozen motels, numerous rental properties, and many outstanding restaurants for travelers to vist during their stay. Whether you travel by bicycle, car or even walk on your visit to this picturesque section of our coast, you will not soon forget Cedar Island and Ocracoke.Reservations for this route are strongly recommended. ## Ocracoke is a tiny island community with huge things to offer its visitors: outstanding surfing and fishing, including several charter fishing services, beautiful beaches, one of the state's oldest lighthouses, and unique shopping opportunities. This beautiful little village is also the home of the Ocracoke to Cedar Island; this route is a 22-mile run and takes approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. Cedar Island is a small fishing village on NC Hwy 12 in eastern North Carolina. It is known for its seafood, wild horses and unique way of life and is a quaint, memborable part of North Carolina's Crystal Coast. Whether you travel by bicycle, car or even walk on your visit to this picturesque section of our coast, you will not soon forget Ocracoke or Cedar Island. Reservations for this route are strongly recommended. North Carolina Ferry System

North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island
The North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island, located in the historic George Washington Creef Boathouse is a working boat shop where volunteers and staff take on projects including small craft restoration, exhibit design, and new boat construction. The shop has restored several traditional sailing watercraft that, in season, grace the waters of Shallowbag Bay in front of the museum. The Boathouse namesake, George Washington Creef, was a local builder who developed a unique style of workboat called a Shad boat for the surrounding waters of the Albemarle Sound and Pamlico Sound. The Shad boat is designated as the State Boat of North Carolina. The museum exhibits a number of small watercraft representing the region's maritime history - an 1883 Creef Shad boat, spritsail skiffs, and a 1948 Davis Runabout - and offers a variety of educational programs. NCDCR

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
Nags Head Kill Devil Hills
A 1,400 acre maritime forest with over five miles of hiking trails, visitor's information center. Visitors to the preserve can explore Nags Head Woods on one of six different hiking trails that vary in length and difficulty.
Nags Head Woods

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is situated on 14 acres of property overlooking the Croatan Sound. North Carolina's largest saltwater facility, the 68,000-square-foot building houses aquariums ranging from 300 gallons to 285,00 gallons, two touch tanks, interactive exhibits, classrooms, meeting rooms, research space, a large auditorium and a gift shop. Outside are nature trails and a shoreline boardwalk with observation decks and mounted telescopes. The Aquarium seeks to promote awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments through exhibits, programs, and informal learning opportunities. ## The aquarium's variety of exhibits promise to educate and entertain visitors. Journey through coastal freshwaters, see largemouth and striped bass, river otters and the American alligators. Explore saltwater habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Gently stroke a stingray or a hermit crab at the touch tanks. Watch hundreds of fish flash by the 35-foot long viewing window of the 285,000-gallon ''Graveyard of the Atlantic'' tank. Sharks and sea turtles cruise by only inches away. History buffs will marvel at the one-third scale replica of the USS Monitor. Step into ''Storms'', and take an inside, personal look at Outer Banks hurricanes and nor'easters. Get face to face with an electric eel, giant tarantula, black widow spider, venomous snakes and lionfish in the, ''Bite, Shock, Sting'' exhibit. Special activities daily. Open year-round at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thankgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

NCDOT Ferry System: Hatteras / Ocracoke
Hatteras Island - Ocracoke Island
NC Department Of Transportation Ferry System North Carolina Ferry System

NCDOT Ferry System: Bayview / Aurora
Bath - Aurora
NC Department Of Transportation Ferry System Feel the wind on your cheeks as you breeze across the Pamlico River on this short ferry route. The ferry makes travel on the Pamlico River from the northern shore to the southern shore an adventure. North Carolina Ferry System

Neuse River
New Bern, Havelock, Oriental

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center
Oregon Inlet
Oregon Inlet Fishing Center is a full service marina and the home of many of the famed Outer Banks sportfishing charter fleet. A wide variety of fishing options are available. Anglers can choose from off shore trips for marlin, tuna and dolphin; inshore trips for amberjack or rockfish; or head boat. Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Outer Banks History Center
In July 1986 Outer Banks historian and businessman David Stick donated his personal library, an extensive private collection of North Caroliniana, to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Utilizing this core collection, the department built a unique, regional research facility in Manteo-the Outer Banks History Center or OBHC. Although the holdings of the OBHC are a preeminent source of information about the Outer Banks, they also address many historical, cultural, economic, governmental, and scientific topics pertaining to North Carolina and to neighboring states. Outer Banks History Center

Outer Banks Fishing Tournament Calendar
Events and Tournaments
Offshore and inshore tournaments. Surf fishing.

Outer Banks Scenic Byway
Ocracoke Island
The Outer Banks Scenic Byway is one of 44 Scenic Byways that the North Carolina Department of Transportation has designated to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and culture while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures. From Whalebone Junction on the Outer Banks of NC, this 111 miles byway travels south along North Carolina Highway 12, on bridges and ferries across several inlets, and ending in Beaufort, NC. The Hyde County portion of this byway begins as you board the free ferry on Hatteras Island and ends on Ocracoke Island as you board a toll ferry to Cedar Island. The crossing time for the Hatteras Inlet to Ocracoke Island is about 35 minutes. The present Hatteras Inlet opened in 1846. Notice the wild horses while following North Carolina Highway 12 for 13 miles along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore across Ocracoke Island to the village of Ocracoke. The animals are Banker Ponies, descendants of horses brought by early explorers on ships wrecked in the Atlantic. A herd also is maintained on the islands south of Beaufort. Ocracoke was first called Wococon in the 1500s (when it was an Indian village) and has since gone through a series of names derived from the Algonquian for ''enclosed place.'' One of the oldest operating lighthouses on the Atlantic is located on Silver Lake, a tidal basin and harbor in the village of Ocracoke. The 75-foot tall Ocracoke Island Lighthouse was built in 1823 and is the only operational lighthouse within a town. The Ocracoke Inlet, once North Carolina's primary trade inlet, was the site of the death of the notorious pirate, Blackbeard, who was killed on November 22, 1718. From Ocracoke Inlet, the Cedar Island ferry to Carteret County is a 2.5 hour ride to continue the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, or travel the Alligator River or Pamlico Scenic Byways by taking the toll ferry to Swan Quarter. Hyde County

Patsy Pond Nature Trail
Newport, north of Morehead City
The Patsy Pond area is located in the Croatan National Forest and is one of the most diverse natural areas in North Carolina. It is a place where plant species of a long leaf pine forest coexist with plant species of the state's coastine and barrier islands. Two well-marked trails exist - a 3/4-mile and a 1 3/4-mile trail. Free trail guides are available at the trail entrance located on Highway 24 directly across from the NC Coastal Federation offices in Ocean, about halfway between Morehead City and Swansboro. Trail use is open to the public during daylight hours.

Pirate's Cove Marina
Between Nags Head and Manteo
Charter boats run out of Pirate's Cove for off-shore fishing trips in the Gulf Stream, or shorter in-shore and near-shore fishing trips. Go see the daily catch! The marina is also the site of many fishing tournaments during the year. Pirates Cove Marina

Pamlico Sound
Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island, Hyde County, Cedar Island, Oriental

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Between Oregon Inlet and Rodanthe, Visitor Center 4 miles south of Inlet. 6,000-acre refuge, haven for 365+ bird species. Observation platforms, parking. Bird walks, summer adult, children's programs; bird walks spring, summer, fall. Life-Saving Station kiosk, parking area south of Visitor Center. Guided canoe tours are available for a fee. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge">

Pantego Academy Historical Museum
Pantego, near Belhaven
The museum located in the oldest school house in Beaufort County. Academy building was established in 1874, it became Pantego High School in 1907. Academy is on National register of Historic places. Preservation of the building and creating a museum for the Beaufort county ares is being done by the Pantego Academy Historical Museum Inc. , a non-profit association. Displays of early way of life, farming, lumbering, home and hearth are exhibits ready for veiwing. Other exhibits include 2 restored class room and Pantego High School artifacts. And Eva Blount Way of the Belhaven Museum DID attend school in our building! Located in the heart of Pantego on Academy street. Check website for hours.

Pamlico River
Washington, Aurora, Bath, Belhaven, Hyde County

The Palmetto-Peartree Preserve
The Palmetto-Peartree Preserve encompasses 9,732 acres bordered by the Albemarle Sound and the Alligator River. The preserve was established to preserve the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. There are three interpretive walking and bird watching trails on the preserve.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Located in Washington, Hyde and Tyrrell counties. In 1990 the Conservation Fund donated land to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. This led to the establishment of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, covering 111,000 acres. The refuge includes portions of the Scuppernong and Alligator Rivers. Visitors may observe a variety of wildlife, birds, natural vegetation and beauty. Facilities include restrooms, the Walter B. Jones, Sr. Center for the Sounds visitor center, free parking and picnic area. Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Pocosin Arts
Exhibits and classes. Open studio experience with weaving, pottery and paint your own dinnerware. Retreat workshops combining field and studio experiences which promote understanding of the Pocosin environment and its people. ## Pocosin Arts is a private educational organization whose mission is to connect culture to environment through art. Pocosin Arts serves the northeast region of North Carolina with a gallery, studios, classes and workshops, permanent and rotating exhibits, a gift shop, and special events focusing on but not limited to folk arts including dance, music, pottery, weaving, and carving, as well as drawing, painting, and sculpting.

Roanoke Adventure Museum
Want to dress up in a suit of armor or Native American garb? Family adventure begins in The Rogues Gallery located in the huge Roanoke Adventure Museum where you can explore daily life in the early colonial English settlements. Roanoke Adventure Museum

Roanoke Island Festival Park
Homeport of Elizabeth II, a 16th century representative sailing vessel. Experience a working Settlement Site, Adventure Museum with 400 years of Outer Banks history, Art Gallery, Museum Store, performing arts, summer children's series and boardwalks through natural marshes. ••• Roanoke Island Fesitival Park, a 27-acre North Carolina State Site and cultural center, is a celebration of history, education and the arts. Step aboard the Elizabeth II, a representative 16th century sailing vessel with garbed interpreters. Visit with soldiers in the Settlement Site. The Roanoke Adventure Museum explores 400 years of Outer Bank history. Learn how the arrival of the English Colonists changed the lives of the Native American inhabitants forever by watching the 50 minute docudrama, The Legend of Two-Path. View a new artist each month in The Art Gallery. Visit the Museum Store, which is overflowing with unique gifts inspired by the English whose first attempts at colonization in the New World were on Roanoke Island. Stroll our boardwalks, through natural marshes, and get up close to nature and observe its hidden pristine beauty and quiet surroundings. The North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island, just a block away, features a working boathouse and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. The screw-pile light is a reproduction of one that stood near the site. A permanent display is provided on the history of the light. ••• Civil War: museum includes a very good Civil War display with maps, artifacts and some interesting stories about the February 1862 battle for the island and other war-time events in the area. Roanoke Island Festival Park

Roanoke Island Marsh
Manteo, Wanchese

The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Roanoke Marshes LighthouseThe lighthouse contains exhibits highlighting Roanoke Island's maritime heritage, including a history of the Marshes Lighthouse and its keepers. The original screw-pile lighthouse was located in Croatan Sound on the west side of Roanoke Island. Built in 1877, it was decommissioned by the US Coast Guard in 1955. Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Red Wolf
Red Wolf  Information, artifacts and merchandise dealing with red wolves. Seasonal howling safaris on the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

More about the Red Wolf at ARNWR

Shackleford Banks Wild Horses
The Shackleford Banks wild horses are a unique historic and cultural legacy of the Crystal Coast region. They are descended from a core group of Spanish mustangs of the earliest explorers of Colonial America. The herd numbers 100-125 horses that are the only inhabitants of this southernmost of the Outer Banks barrier island chain. Shackleford Banks is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
North Carolina's oldest church and in our oldest town! Still in use today. NCDCR

Scuppernong River Preserve
Columbia, Creswell

Scuppernong River

Scuppernong River Interpretive Trail
A 3/4-mile loop through a pristine bottomland swamp along the Scuppernong River. Interpretive signs explain the workings of the blackwater swamp ecosystem and encourage visitors to look, listen and learn while they stroll through nature's garden.

US Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility
The Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility, located north of Duck on Hwy. 12, helps scientists study the ocean processes. Summer tours are offered mid June thru mid August. Field Research Facilty

US Weather Bureau Station
Hatteras Village
Operated by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau as the Hatteras Welcome Center, the center provides information on attractions, events and directions. Built in 1901, it was the first U.S. Weather Bureau Station. US Weather Bureau Station

Wooden Boat Show
The first weekend of May brings classic wooden boats to the Beaufort waterfront to show off and to race. Events are scheduled at the NC Maritime Museum, the Museum's Watercraft Center and on the downtown waterfront in Beaufort. Exhibits are in place 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Sail and rowing races are scheduled. Lectures and activities are scheduled throughout the week before the weekend exhibition. NC Maritime Museum

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Kill Devil Hills
Monument to the Wright Brothers at the National Memorial Site of the world's first controlled powered flights by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903. Museum exhibits, reproduction of the 1903 airplane and 1902 glider. Monument to the Wright Brothers, reproduction of living quarters and hangar. First flight grounds. Wright Brothers National Memorial

Wanchese Fishing Village
Visit the quaint village of Wanchese (on the south end of Roanoke Island) and watch fresh fish and seafood being packed and shipped around the world. Wanchese

Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park
The only Federal, State and County-financed project devoted entirely to the seafood processing and fishing industries. Where large sport fishing boats and trawlers are built and repaired. Wanchese

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