Fishing Villages and Fort Macon

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
Trip End Apr 20, 2014

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Flag of United States  , North Carolina
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Highway 70 south brought me past the Croatan National Forest to the coastal towns of Morehead City and Beaufort, both on the Intercoastal Waterway, protected from the Atlantic by a series of islands and peninsulas. Beaufort is the 3rd oldest city in North Carolina and is full of beautiful old houses with porches and widow's walks. I walked along the waterfront and then joined Captain Bob on the Water Bug for a history and wildlife cruise. We saw three of the wild horses on Carrot Island, great variety of birds, Fort Macon from a distance, beaches, historical homes and buildings. I finally understand the geography of the area -- outer banks, sounds, Intercoastal waterways were all unfamiliar terms to this Midwesterner.

After a walk through Main Street shops, I visited the North Carolina Maritime Museum with displays on coastal cultures, maritime history, seafood history, and life-saving stations. A section is devoted to Blackbeard and early 18th century pirates including artifacts from Blackbeard's flagship (Queen Anne's Revenge) which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718. Across the street is a workshop where wooden boats are repaired and restored.

Two bridges west and south of Beaufort is Fort Macon State Park, located on a barrier island at the Beaufort Inlet allowing ships access to the Atlantic. The brick fort was built in 1826 and was the site of action and occupation during the Civil War. The site was also used during WWII as a deterrent to German U-boats who preyed on U.S. ships in the area. Not too many tourists around so I had a private tour by a park volunteer. The park also provided access to the Atlantic from the other side of the island. Sandy beach, work in progress to stabilize the beach with huge metal cylinders.

The weather was threatening and I headed back to the campground by early evening. Thunderstorms, wind all night but the ground is sandy so no flooding here.
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Barb B on

How were the camping sites at the State Park compared to Midwest State parks?

Diane on

Been wondering if you've run into storms.
I remember being in Beaufort and doing a horse drawn carriage ride through sections. You are certainly seeing lots of interesting places!

fulkss on

State park camping really varied by state and location... The Kentucky Horse Park campground was fabulous! The others had basic sites with electricity and water and picnic table; heated bathrooms and showers. The federal campgrounds were run by a private business and were quite nice. Federal and state both had larger campsites than the private ones where RVs were pretty close together.

fulkss on

Parts of eastern North Carolina have had serious flooding, really heavy winds. So far I have escaped the really bad weather... Just had rain and wind last night in New Bern. Didn't see any horse-drawn carriages but I am really here before the tourist season begins. Weekends are busy now but not weekdays which has been wonderful.

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