This is an area rich in history, culture, natural beauty
and recreational opportunity. While plenty of other websites cover recreation,
dining and attractions for our coast, we'll be bringing you info especially
pertaining to the natural world and the local ecology as we explore the coastal
NCNatural Coastal Features
Geologically speaking, our beaches are not very old,
and the historical records shows that they are very changeable.
Coastal Dynamics offers a primer to some of the
forces at work around the islands.
- Significant Natural Areas
If you like your ecology on the wild side, we have
some islands for you. Just getting there can be an adventure in itself. Many of
our barrier islands are only accessible by boat. But, if you're a little bit
more comfort oriented, there are also plenty of opportunities to explore the
coastal regions with a lot less hardship and in close proximity to soft beds
and good restaurants. There is so much to choose from that we had to break it
From the Virginia State line south to Shackleford
Banks near Beaufort. This stretch of beach covers the Outer Banks and the Core
Banks, including two National Seashores; Cape Hatteras National Seashore and
Cape Lookout National Seashore. The northern section of this part features
plenty of motels and recreation with easy accessibility, but the Core Banks in
the south is at the extreme opposite end of the comfort zone. It is probably
the wildest and most extreme coastal ecology in eastern America.
From Beaufort, NC to the South Carolina State line.
The Barrier Islands in this region are closer to the mainland and residential
and tourist areas intersperse with wild areas. There are smaller areas of
completely undeveloped shoreline that can be more easily visited by you casual
- Fish and
For some folks the beach is all about fishing. Now,
we have to admit that we're not out there everyday and we're not as expert as
some of the folks that are, but we can help give you an idea of what kind of
fish are swimming around our region and point you to some excellent sources for
the most up-to-date info.
- Barrier Island Plants
Our resident plant people have been wandering about
the dunes and marshes, getting stuck with sand spurs and sunburn so that we can
bring you this addition to our
Wildflowers of North
Carolina pages. Honestly, they didn't suffer too greatly.
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For more in-depth reading about our coast, may we suggest ... Books! Plenty
to choose from in the main index, but several sections pertain directly
to our coasts.
NCNatural Weather before you
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