See wildlife from a kayak, explore the estuary by boat, discover waterfront restaurants and shopping, and enjoy down-home Carolina cooking in this welcoming riverside town.
A Pirate’s Life
In North Carolina, the Atlantic’s most notorious buccaneers — from the fearsome Blackbeard to the “gentleman pirate” Stede Bonnet — left behind an aura of mystery and a spirit of daring and adventure.
Becoming Blackbeard in Beaufort
How a jack-of-all-trades from Carteret County found his calling and shored up a Crystal Coast tradition.
The 1980s: The Bird Man
In Wilmington, a biology professor makes it his mission to understand and protect the waterbirds that nest along the North Carolina coast — and inspires his students to do the same.
A Day in the Life of a North Carolina Fisherman
For 40 years and through every storm and challenge, commercial fisherman Bob McBride has made his living — and found his calling — fishing for fresh, local seafood in the waters of Pamlico Sound.
City Portrait: Washington
In this beloved town at the heart of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary, everything begins and ends with the water.
Coastal Serenity at the Inn on Pamlico Sound
Finding waterfront hospitality and a home away from home on Hatteras Island.
Channel Bass, Natives of the Pamlico Sound
Whether you call it a red drum or a spottail, our state saltwater fish remains a prize for anglers and diners.
History: The Great Oyster War
In 1890, tensions between native Ocracokers and marauding outsiders came to a head. At the center of the conflict? A small but valuable shellfish.