Attractions & Points of Interest surrounding Kitty Hawk & Northern Dare County

Dare, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Gates, Hyde Mainland & Tyrrell Counties:: Attractions & Points of Interest usually within 1-1/2 hr. drive.

Albemarle Area Fishing Tournament Calendar

Events and Tournaments
Rock & Bass 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

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

The Barker House
The Barker House, 1782, was home of Thomas and Penelope Barker. Penelope presided over the famous Edenton Tea Party, 1774. Enjoy our bookshop, featuring books on historical, cultural and economic importance of North Carolina. ## The Edenton Historical Commission was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1961 and re-created by the General Assembly in 1973. It's purpose is "to effect and encourage preservation, restoration, and appropriate presentation of the Town of Edenton and Chowan County, as a historic, educational, and esthetic place, to the benefit of the citizens of the place and the state and of visitors." (GS 143B-95) Their offices are located in the Barker House, built 1782 - the home of Thomas and Penelope Barker of Edenton Tea Party fame.

Belvidere Historic District
The rural Belvidere Historic District is significant for its preservation of the county's rural tradition and the rich Quaker history that began here. Featured in the district are Layden's Country Store, featuring homemade smoked sausages and meats and hoop cheese; and the Piney Woods Friends Meeting House, the successor of the monthly Meeting of Friends established in Perquimans county in the 1670s. Perquimans County Tourism

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

Camden County Heritage Museum
Camden County
Housed in the former Camden County jail circa 1910. The second story cells have been fully restored and are open to the public. The museum is a well preserved reminder of local methods of incarceration at the turn of the century and also documents the history of Camden County with changing exhibits. The Camden County Jail Museum preserves the restored 1910 Camden County jail and exhibits artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts documenting Camden County's unique history and cultural heritage. Exhibits cover a variety of diverse topics including the logging industry in the area, the creation of the Dismal Swamp Canal, local prominent citizens of the past, family history, the Civil War, slavery, and women's history. The history of the jail building and law enforcement are also creatively interpreted. Camden County jail.htm

Chowan Arts Council: A Century of Chowan Through Photographs
A permanent exhibit depicting life in Chowan County from 1850 to 1954 and is located in the Swain School Building. This exhibit features a variety of scenes from by gone days. Handicapped accessible 0pen 10 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday. Admission Free

Chowan Swamp Game Land
Gates County

Old Currituck County Jail
Currituck County
The jail is a Jacobean brick building 32' X 20', with a thirty-two inch brick wall. County records refer to the jail as early as 1790, making it one of the oldest jails in North Carolina. Currituck County Tourism

Currituck Courthouse
Currituck County
The original Courthouse was built in 1723. The present courthouse was built prior to 1869: some say as early as 1842. The courthouse now houses the County Commissioners Meeting Room and other County offices. The building is open weekdays. Currituck County Tourism

Historic Currituck Settlement
Currituck County
Includes the Jacobean Jail, the oldest standing jail in North Carolina (1790), and the Currituck Courthouse (1723). The Currituck Sound Ferry leaves the mainland for Knotts Island six times per day, seven days a week.

Confederate War Memorial
Currituck County
A large pink granite ball mounted on a base with a plaque that reads ''To Our Confederate Dead 1861-1865''. The Union troops camped on the Courthouse lawn during part of the Civil War and Colonel Henry M. Shaw was in charge of the Eighth Regiment of North Carolina Troops. He lived in Indiantown in Currituck. The settlement is now called Shawboro and he is buried there. He was one of the signers of the Paper of Secession Currituck County Tourism

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

College of the Albemarle Community Auditorium
Elizabeth City
Calendar of theatrical, musical and dance performances.

Chowan River

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

Corolla Schoolhouse
Built 1890, there was no public school so the children of government employees went to the Government School whose teachers were paid by their parents. Currituck County Tourism

Corolla Post Office & General Store
The orginial half of the building was built in 1884 and the north side addition was added in 1908. The building still contains the old post office boxes, the postmaster window, display boxes and the safe from its historic past. Currituck County Tourism

Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse, operated by Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc. (OBC), under a lease agreement with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Division of Archives and History, preserves, maintains, and exhibits the 1875 Currituck Beach Lighthouse, its restored Keepers Quarters, and several dependencies for the enjoyment and education of the public. Exhibits interpret the construction, significance, and social history of this lighthouse. Collections including oral histories, institutional archives, photographs, and a variety of miscellaneous published and unpublished manuscripts are housed in the corporate offices of the OBC and at the Outer Banks History Center, both at Festival Park in Manteo. First illuminated on Dec. 1, 1875. Over 1,000,000 red bricks were used to build this lighthouse. Visitors can climb the 214 steps to get a breathtaking view of the ocean and sound. Open 10 to 6 daily, April thru October. Admission is $5.00 for all people 8 years and older.

Currituck Beaches
To the west is the North River, to the south is the Albemarle Sound and to the east is the Currituck Sound. Millions of vacationers are attracted to the wide, clean and beautiful beaches each year. Open year round. Currituck County Tourism

Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve
Carova Beach
Corolla from the North Beach access 4-wheel drive ramp. Two miles of wildlife preserve for hiking and beach activities. Inhabited by a variety of native wildlife showcasing a prime example of maritime forest. Foot and four wheel drive access only. Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
Carova Beach
The refuge hosts almost 20,000 visitors annually. It is open daily, from sunrise to sunset, throughout the year. Hiking, wildlife observation, nature photography, and waterfowl hunting are the primary wildlife-dependent activities that may be enjoyed on the refuge. Wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors with a variety of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Piping plover and loggerhead sea turtles occasionally nest on the refuge. Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

Corolla Chapel
The chapel was built in 1885 and served the Community until 1958. It was not used again until 1987 when a new congregation was established. In 2002 a large addition was built to accommodate the growing attendance. The interior of the new addition was built to resemble the style of the original section, even replica pews were installed. Many visitors come to see the pelican altar window and hear its story. The Corolla Chapel is also a popular wedding site. Currituck County Tourism

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

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.

Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor Center
Camden County
The Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor Center is the first visitor center built off an interstate in North Carolina and the only such facility in the country greeting visitors by both a major highway and historic waterway. The Dismal Swamp Canal, the oldest man-made waterway in the United States still in use today, began construction in 1784 and was completed in 1805. Improvements have been made continually over the years. The canal is part of the Atlantic Inter-coastal Waterway, uses a system of locks to assist navigation, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been designated a National Civil Engineering Landmark. The Dismal Swamp Canal Visitor Center provides educational material and programs celebrating the canal's history and significance as well as serving as a state Welcome Center and regional tourism information hub. Welcome Center provides assistance and information to both highway and waterway travelers on historic sites, attractions, special events and travel conditions. Staff assists with lodging and ferry reservations for visitors. Come see us by highway or waterway! Civil War: After Union forces captured Roanoke Island in February 1862, the Northerners turned their attention inland. Among their targets was the Dismal Swamp Canal, which was an important supply artery to Confederates in the area and a potential ''back door'' to Norfolk. Union infantry unsuccessfully attacked Confederate forts protecting the canal near South Mills April 19, 1862. The Confederates successfully defended key areas of the Dismal Swamp Canal against Union attackers. Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area
Camden County, Gates County
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on the North Carolina - Virginia border features 25,000 acres of one of the largest protected areas of swamp wilderness in the United States.

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

Historic Edenton State Historic Site
Historic Edenton State Historic Site seeks to preserve, maintain, develop, and interpret the James Iredell House, and to help preserve and interpret the numerous other historic structures and locations in the town of Edenton including Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, the Cupola House, the Barker House, and the Chowan County Courthouse. NCDCR

Historic Edenton
Visitor Center, located at 108 North Broad Street provides 14 - minute audiovisual program, exhibits, gift shop, visitor information/orientation. Guided tours of five properties: 1736 St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1758 Cupola House (National Historic Landmark), circa 1782 Barker House, 1767 Chowan County Courthouse (National Historic Landmark) and early 19th-century Iredell House State Historic Site. Walking and trolley tours available. Visitor Center free. Fee for tours. Open 7 days a week 9:00 - 5:00. Call 252-482-2637 for information about guided tours, special events and programs. NCDCR

Historic Edenton Trolley Tour
Discover the rich history and architectural diversity of Edenton during a comprehensive 45-minute trolley tour thru the historic district. An experienced interpreter introduces you to the people and events that shaped the town - the prominent citizens of Edenton's Golden Age (1750-1800), the African American, builders, educators, and entrepreneurs of the post Civil War period, and the industrial rebirth of the town (1880s-1920s) - while you travel past the beautiful and varied architecture of the historic homes and buildings. Edenton tours

Edenton Bell Battery
Civil War: ''St. Paul,'' one of four cannon cast from bells donated by Edenton churches. The Edenton Bell Battery served throughout the war. The gun with a sign explaining its history is located in front of the Barker House at the foot of Broad Street.

Elizabeth City's Historic Districts Walking Tours
Elizabeth City
Self-guided tours of Elizabeth City's six National Register Historic Districts, including the largest number of brick antebellum commercial buildings in the state. Relive Elizabeth City's history by viewing early 19th- and 20th- century storefronts, homes and university buildings. Free tour brochures available from the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, Museum of the Albemarle and Dismal Swamp Visitors Center. Elizabeth City online tours

ECSU Fine Arts Complex
Elizabeth City
Calendar full of multicultural arts and entertainment.

Episcopal Cemetery
Elizabeth City
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Contains an important collection of gravestones and cast iron fences that illustrate funerary traditions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although the oldest date on a headstone is 1724, the cemetery was officially founded in 1828. Free

Elizabeth City Horse and Carriage Tours
Elizabeth City
Carolina Carriages offers historic district and waterfront tours in downtown Elizabeth City, NC. Tours will be offered weekends in the late afternoons and early evenings.

Edmundson-Fox Memorial
Stone marker commemorates the spot where the first religious service on record was held in the Carolinas. William Edmundson, an English Quaker, presided over the service in 1672. Perquimans County Tourism

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 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

Grave Digger
Grandy, Currituck County
Monster trucks on display, open 9am to 6pm seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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

Historic Hertford Walking Tour
This self-guided walking tour of this picturesque town takes you by exquisite waterfront homes, the historic 1828 Perquimans County Courthouse, and into the commercial district featuring antique stores and local cafes. Incorporated in 1758, the Historic Hertford District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a North Carolina Main Street community and was selected as one of just two heritage tourism pilot communities in North Carolina. Wander a bit through town and discover the community's waterfront parks, Municipal Park and Missing Mill Park. Enjoy a stroll along its boardwalk and piers. Perquimans County Tourism

Historic Hertford
Historic Hertford, incorporated in 1758, features waterfront homes and parks, antique and gift shops, cafes, bed & breakfast inns, and the historic Perquimans County Courthouse. The home of Jim ''Catfish'' Hunter, the town is a North Carolina Main Street community and was selected as one of just two heritage tourism pilot communities in North Carolina. Perquimans County Tourism

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

Ironclad CSS Albemarle
Edenton, Plymouth
Civil War: the May 1864 battle between the ironclad CSS Albemarle and escorts and Union navy vessels waiting in the Albemarle Sound. The Confederates managed to damage several Union ships, then escaped back to its base in Plymouth. The town, like many in the area, contributed troops to both sides.

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).

Knotts Island Methodist Church
Knotts Island
First Church built on site in 1811, Present church built in 1902 it has beaded ceilings and no two pews are spaced the same to accommodate the number required by church. This church also has an art design on the lower wall panels, done in the combed wood style. Currituck County Tourism

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

Little River
Between Elizabeth City and Hertford, on the border of Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties

Layden's Country Store
Built in 1883 as the Josiah Nicholson Store, Layden's has been a centerpiece of the Belividere community for over 100 years. Today, they are known for hand-stuffed sausages, excellent meats, hoop cheese, and all the things offered by an old-fashioned country store. Perquimans County Tourism

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

Merchants Millpond State Park
Gates County
Discover one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities. Massive cypress & gum trees covered with Spanish moss form a canopy for the dark waters of the 750-acre cypress millpond ~ a wilderness sanctuary for wetland wildlife. Paddle quietly through the pond and creek and encounter beavers, otters, owls, etc. Over 10 miles of hiking trails. Fee for camping and canoes. Or bring your own kayak or canoe. Merchants Millpond

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
Knotts Island
8,646 acres in the northeastern part of Currituck County. Visitors Center is in the Kitchen Tract Hunt Club, A small boat launch for boats of 16 foot or smaller, 20 miles of canals and creeks. Open for walking, biking, fishing and wildlife observation. Access to Back Bay of VA and the Currituck Sound. Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge">

Moonrise Bay Vineyard
Knotts Island
Wine List: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Norton, Chambourcin, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pear and more!

Martin Orchard & Vineyard
Knotts Island
Martin Orchard & Vineyards is a family owned orchard & winery. Visitors can pick peaches, apples, grapes and pumpkins (in season). The wine shop is open for tasting and sales. The picnic area and restrooms on Knotts Island Bay offer a beautiful setting on the water.

Museum of the Albemarle
Elizabeth City
Permanent and temporary galleries feature the story of the people who have dwelled in the Albemarle region - from the Native Americans, to the first English-speaking colonists, to adventurers, farmers and fishermen. Regional museum branch of the North Carolina Museum of History. Free. ## The Museum of the Albemarle, a regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History, promotes the understanding of history and material culture of the Albemarle region and for the state for the educational benefit of all people. Through regional collections, historical interpretation and professional assistance, the museum encourages citizens and visitors to explore and understand the past; to reflect on their own lives and their place in history; and to preserve regional history for future generations. The museum collects items with connection to Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties. ## Civil War: Civil War exhibit describes area events including the Battle of South Mills. Includes artifacts from the battlefield.

Port Discover
Elizabeth City
A downtown spot for learning something new; Port Discover, Northeastern North Carolina's Center for Hands-On Science. On East Main St., the science center is well worth a visit. In addition to displays and exhibits that allow kids and adults to check out the world of science all around them, the center offers programs for toddlers, elementary school-age children, and special monthly offerings

Mariners Wharf
Elizabeth City
Experience legendary hospitality on the Intracoastal Waterway. The wharf offers free dockage for 48 hours at one of the 14 complimentary boat slips. The Rose Buddies greet each boat with a rose and a warm invitation to experience Elizabeth City and the Albemarle region. Free. Rose Buddies

Missing Mill Park
Located just a few walking blocks from downtown Historic Hertford and on the beautiful Perquimans River, Missing Mill Park offers a nature boardwalk, picnic tables, canoe & kayak launch and fishing pier. Perquimans County Tourism

National Fish Hatchery
Walking trails and ponds in back assessible for visitors. An addition of an educational facility has been built where conferences for up to 40 people can take place. Features new aquarium and exhibits for everyone to enjoy. The Hatchery is located on West Queen Street and is part of the Charles Kuralt Trail. Edenton National Fish Hatchery

NCDOT Ferry System: Currituck / Knotts Island
Currituck County - Knotts Island
NC Department Of Transportation Ferry System North Carolina Ferry System

Newbold-White House: A Colonial Quaker Homestead
From its location on the Perquimans River, the Newbold-White House tells the story of Abraham and Judith Sanders, a colonial Quaker family. Dating to 1730, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is authentically restored and features period furnishings, enormous fireplaces, pine woodwork and a winding corner stair. Period furnishings help recapture the rugged charm of early 18th-century life. A seasonal garden features herbs and flowering plants used by early settlers for dying, medicinal purposes, culinary uses and decoration. The Newbold-White House hosts a number of events during the year including the annual Hearth and Harvest Festival, the second weekend of September. The Museum Shop features an eclectic array of merchandise including locally handmade toys, pottery, jewelry and books on local history. A picnic site is available. The site is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ## The Newbold-White House is the oldest brick house North Carolina. It stands exactly where Abraham Saunders, a Quaker farmer and merchant, built it in 1730 on a small rise overlooking the Perquimans River. The expansive grounds feature a Quaker gravesite dating to the 1600's, a period seasonal herb garden, and a large visitors center. The Perquimans County Restoration Association, as the directing body of the Newbold-White House, is a non-profit educational association that strives to foster in Perquimans County, the surrounding area, and throughout the US, a respect and reverence for the past by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Perquimans County from its Native American occupation until the present with specific emphasis on the period 1730-1750's.

Northeast Dragway
One-eighth mile dragway featuring Saturday evening races from March 16 through November. Friday evening races scheduled during summer months. Perquimans County Tourism

North River Game Land
Camden County, Currituck County

North River
Camden County, Currituck County

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

Old Neck Rural Historic District
This National Register Historic District and the surrounding county features beautiful historic plantation homes in the county's traditional agricultural setting. Included in the district are: Land's End, circa 1835; Fletcher-Skinner-Nixon House, circa 1815; Cove Grove, circa 1830; and Stockton, circa 1840. Perquimans County Tourism

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 Center for Wildllife Education
Life by Water's Rhythms , is the theme of this educational facility dedicated to exploring coastal North Carolina s wildlife, natural history and cultural heritage. Located in Corolla,at Currituck Heritage Park between the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club. The center offers both indoor and outdoor classes and attractions. Admission and all classes are free. Registration is required. Outer Banks Center for Wildllife Education (also see NCWildlife main site)

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

Pasquotank River
Elizabeth City, Camden County

Perquimans Arts League Gallery
Gallery featuring artwork, jewelry and crafts from local artisans. Shows scheduled throughout the year. Operated by the Perquimans Arts League, a not-for-profit organization. Located in the historic Hall of Fame Square in downtown Hertford Perquimans County Tourism

Perquimans River
Perquimans River

Periauger: An 18th Century Sailing Vessel
A long-lost colonial sailing vessel is docked in Hertford Harbor. While a replica, this double-masted 30-foot boat is the only known example of the most common colonial workboats from the period. The Periauger will eventually relocate to its homeport at the Newbold-White Hosue Historic Site.

Perquimans Antique Trail
Perquimans County is a favorite hunting ground for antique enthusiasts. With more than a dozen dealers, you won't go home empty-handed. To start the treasure hunt, pickup a copy of the Antiques Guide of the Albemarle at the Perquimans County and Town of Hertford Visitor Center or merchants in the county. Perquimans County Tourism

Perquimans Village
Perquimans Village is a collection of historic, pre-Civil War local structures. Four of the buildings are used for a Bed and breakfast. More Info

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">

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

Sanctuary Vineyards
Jarvisburg, Currituck County
Located at the Cotton Gin. Offering free local wine tasting; open all year.

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.

TCOM Aerostat
Elizabeth City
Visitors wishing to tour the facility will get the opportunity to learn about the US Navy's lighter-than-air history in Elizabeth City as well as view the company's plant.

U.S. Coast Guard Complex
Elizabeth City
Tours of the nation's largest Coast Guard base's Aircraft Repair & Supply Center each Wednesday or by appointment. Elizabeth City USCG

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

Winfall National Register Historic District
A historic crossroads community featuring an old-time post office and important historic properties.

Winfall Landing Park
Waterfront park in the community of Winfall featuring picnic area and boardwalk ideal for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Adjacent town office building has space available for private gatherings.

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 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

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

Whalehead Club Currituck County Museum
The Whalehead Club, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, was the private residence of Mr. & Mrs. E.C. Knight, Jr. of Philadelphia. Originally named Corolla Island, the Knight's built this substantial house between the years 1922 and 1925 as an exclusive hunting lodge and winter home. Art nouveau architecture, mahogany woodwork, Tiffany lighting fixtures, corduroy walls and cork flooring contribute to its unique style. ## Built in the 1920s, this restored hunt club is known as the ''Crown Jewel of the Outer Banks.'' On 28.5 acres, the first home on the Outer Banks to have an elevator, swimming pool, and basement. Open for tours daily May through October. Admission fee. Listed on the national Register of Historic Places. Whalehead Club

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