Many saltwater anglers land their first fish from a pier and they have always been an excellent way to enjoy fishing in North Carolina. Unfortunately fishing piers have been under increasing financial pressure from real estate development and hurricanes and more are closing every year. The North Carolina fishing piers that remain offer what is quite simply some of the best pier fishing in the world.
Bald Head Lighthouse, known as Old Baldy, is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina that is still operating. It is the second of three lighthouses that have been built on Bald Head Island since the 18th century to help guide ships past the dangerous shoals at the mouth of the Cape Fear river.
There are seven lighthouses in North Carolina. Discover more about these lighthouses by visiting the links below:
The Crystal Coast, Cape Fear, and Outer Banks regions of North Carolina bring thousands of newcomers and visitors each year to experience sun, surf, and unspoiled sandy beaches. Coastal towns and cities are among the state’s most visited destinations for leisure, each with unique histories, attractions and treasures.
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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is one of 10 lighthouses operating on North Carolina's coast and the tallest in America at 208 feet. The candy-cane-striped structure projects light more than 20 miles out over the once-precarious Diamond Shoals.
One of America's most baffling mysteries occurred near what is now Manteo. In the 1580s, a group of colonists sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh suddenly and mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Their whereabouts remain a mystery today.
The oldest town in North Carolina is Bath, incorporated in 1705.
The tallest natural sand dune on the East Coast is Jockey's Ridge at Nags Head, which stands 110-140 feet, depending on winds.
Founded in the 1970s, Duplin Winery was one of the first wineries in North Carolina after Prohibition. It is still operating today at Rose Hill with a 1,000,000-gallon tank capacity. It is one of the largest wineries in the South.
Scuba divers are increasingly drawn to the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" off the North Carolina coast, where the remains of more than 2,000 ships have settled to the ocean floor over the centuries.
North Carolina is home to three aquariums - offering workshops, educational trips and displays of live marine life - located in Manteo, Kure Beach and Pine Knoll Shores.
New Bern is the second-oldest town in the state and was the first state capital. Royal Governor William Tryon made this seaport capital of the colony of North Carolina in 1770. After the Revolutionary War, New Bern became the capital of the independent state of North Carolina.
The only area in which the carnivorous Venus Flytrap lives indigenously is within a 100-mile radius of Wilmington.
The Gulf Stream makes its closest approach to land off the coast of North Carolina. This warm water current helps to make this one of the best fishing spots on the Atlantic Seaboard.
The 152,000-acre Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in northeast North Carolina is one of the last remaining strongholds for black bear on the East Coast and has successfully restored red wolves to the area through a captive breeding program. The refuge conducts Red Wolf Howling Safaris to listen to the "music" of the wolves.