North Carolina's Inner Banks is over 3,000 miles of inner coast line sited behind the
Outer Banks. The area is expansive with a land mass over 22,000 square miles.
Untainted, untarnished, and virtually untouched ever since the original settlers
arrived here almost 500 years ago...
Over 22,000 square miles of land
Over 3,000 miles of inland coastline
Home to seven sounds; Pamlico, Albemarle, Bogue, Currituck, Croatan, Core and Roanoke
Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds have 9,000 miles of freshwater rivers and streams
Over 1.5 million acres of brackish, estuarine waters.
The Albemarle and Pamlico Sound area is 2nd largest estuarine system in the United States
World class fishing for drum, tarpon and other saltwater fish
Known for its superior shrimping and crabbing
Fresh water fishing for all major species including largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and brim
19 ocean inlets feed into the inner banks
Home to major boat builders
Inexpensive real estate compared to the Outer Banks
Easy boating via federally maintained Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)
Two deep water state ports
Home to the North Carolina Ferry Division and the NC State Ports
29-county hospital network of University Health Systems
36 universities, colleges and community colleges
Inner Banks Neighborhoods
Settled in 1890s and named for the Farmers Alliance Movement.
Arapahoe was first known as "Cross Roads". The name was later changed to "Arapahoe" -- some say it
was named after the Indians and others after a racehorse of the same name. The Corsa Indians lived at
Point near the mouth of the Pamlico River and blazed the trail that became the first road to Wilkerson’s
Point. This community was settled early in the 18th century, not long after New Bern (which settled in 1710).
Arapahoe’s post office was established in 1886. The town was incorporated in 1920.
Incorporated in 1705, Bath was the first town in North Carolina, and is famous for its historic wars, rivalries,
and even as the home of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. A sleepy village located at the heart of the
Pamlico River, Bath’s picturesque shoreline offers true coastal charm. The town also offers a unique look
into colonial life with guided tours of 18th and 19th century homes such as the Van Der Veer House, the
Palmer-March House, the Bonner House, and even the St. Thomas Church — the oldest church in North
Carolina. The Town of Bath maintains free dockage for cruising yachtsmen.
Bayboro was named for the Bay River and settled long before it was incorporated in 1881. It’s the oldest
incorporated town in the county and was the first to have town water. It became the county seat in 1876. The
following year, the courthouse was relocated here from Stonewall. Although narrow, the Bay River is
navigable all the way to the town.
Steeped in history and quaint, small town charm, the port town of Beaufort offers unspoiled waterway
access to Taylor’s Creek, Shackleford Banks and the Atlantic Ocean. Incorporated in 1722, the town was
by English architecture and includes a selection of beautifully restored Victorian-style homes, including the
Hammock House, which was built in 1698 and served as an inn that was regularly visited by Blackbeard. It
is also home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum and Watercraft Center, and the Rachel Carson
Reserve, which is part of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. Beaufort is also located
in the heart of Carteret County and is the county seat, and is a favorite "jumping off" port for off-shore bound
mariners and fishermen.
The scenic town of Belhaven is located just a few miles from historic Bath, on the waterfront of Pantego
Creek on the Intracoastal Waterway. Known for offering a host of outdoor activities like swimming, sailing,
skiing, fishing and hunting, Belhaven’s mixture of restaurants, bed and breakfasts and quaint shopping
adds to its charming atmosphere. Belhaven is a popular stopping point for mariners traversing the ICW.
Dawson Creek, a well known for it's abundant fishing and boating, offering miles of tree lined shores,
beautiful charming communities which includes Shine Landing and the newest waterfront community along
the shores of this incredible body of water is Dawson Creek "A Waterfront Marina Community" which offers
820 acres of gorgeous waterfront, water view, marsh views, interior wooded lots as well as interior field
lots. Dawson Creek is the premier crown jewel community in the area offering half acre lots up to 2.5 acre
estate lots on Dawson Creek that leads out to the Neuse River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Dawson
Creek also offers amenities for the entire family with a beautiful clubhouse, built-in swimming pool, tennis
courts as well as a waterfront community park for the property owners. Dawson Creek will also be
complimented by a 650 deep water, deeded boat slip marina with another clubhouse and restaurant.
Hobucken and Lowland
"Goose Creek Island" was formerly part of Beaufort County. In 1874, Hobucken and Lowland citizens voted
to become part of Pamlico County. Around 1900, a post office was established for the area. The island is a
magnet for fishermen and duck hunters and is home to a unit of the U.S. Coast Guard, which is located on
the Intracoastal Waterway.
Developed as resort area on Neuse River by the Hardison family after World War I, the town’s name is
derived from an Indian word said to mean, "land of sky and blue water". Older visitors remember it as a
resort community that flourished on the shores of the Neuse in the 1920's. Today, younger visitors come to
one of several summer camps established along the river.
Oriental is nestled amid five creeks along the Neuse River and connected to the Intracoastal Waterway via a
10-foot deep channel. Settled in 1870, residents wanted to establish a post office when they found the town
first needed an official name. One resident recalled seeing the nameplate from the steamship "Oriental" at
a friend’s house in Manteo; the steamer had wrecked off the coast of Cape Hatteras in 1862 while under the
commission of the Union army. The Town of Oriental was officially incorporated in 1899. Today, with more
power and sailboats in residence than people, it has earned its reputation as being "The Sailing Capitol of
No one seems to know how Reeslboro got its name, but it seems likely that it was named for the Reel
families. Reelsboro is situated in a very sandy area. Before the hard surfaced roads were built, cars had to
wind (or perhaps "reel") around to keep from getting stuck in it! When the railroad came to Pamlico County,
one of the stops was named "Reelsboro". Its post office was established in 1891.
Stonewall was incorporated in 1870 when it was still part of Craven County. Citizens first wished to name
the town "Jackson" for the owner of a local mill. But since there was already a town with that name in North
Carolina, "Stonewall" was selected -- presumably in honor of General T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson. It was
home to Pamlico County’s first post office, which was established after the Civil War, and the original site of
the county courthouse before it was moved to Bayboro.
At one time, the Indian village of "Secotan" was located here. Later, it was renamed by the wife of a former
Union Army surgeon who settled here in the 1870s. Its new name was derived from the words "van" (the
German word for "village") and De Mere" (French for "by the sea"). Vandemere is situated on a point where
Vandemere Creek flows into the Bay River. It was incorporated in 1874 and was the county seat from 1872
(when Pamlico County was formed) to 1876.
The City of Washington, named for President George Washington in 1776, offers rich history and heritage, a
lush natural setting and a wealth of recreational, educational and cultural activities that make it a wonderful
location. Washington’s waterfront is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a wide range of
shops and restaurants that are found along the Tar and Pamlico rivers. Combined with the Pungo River and
proximity to Goose Creek State Park and Aurora Fossil Museum, the town offers many outlets for natural
exploration. Washington is also home to the North Carolina ferry system.
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