• Renovated Center Showcases First Flight

    Once planned for demolition, the National Park Service instead restored the early-1960s modernist visitor center at the Wright Brothers Memorial, which recently reopened after the two-year, $5.8 million project.

  • Coastal Park Trails Offer Nature Connection

    State Parks and the Croatan National Forest offer hikers miles of trails through a variety of habitats, from maritime forests to sand dunes, and the chance to learn some history and get a glimpse of rare plants or endangered critters.

  • Benches at Preserve Memorialize Islanders

    Benches along the Jim Stephenson Nature Trail at Springer’s Point Preserve on Ocracoke Island offer more than places to stop and rest, they are posthumous tributes to notable folks who made their home here.

  • Effort On to Repair Damaged Historic Home

    Lightning recently damaged the 1907 Midgett House, part of the Chicamacomico Historic Site at Rodanthe, and caretakers need financial help to repair and reopen the popular exhibit.

  • Battle Brews Over Frisco UFO House

    The owner of the Frisco “UFO house” wants to preserve the unusual landmark, an area attraction since the early 1970s, and turn it into a souvenir shop, but county officials say the structure meets no building codes.

  • Report: Parks, Nature Boost Coast’s Economy

    The appeal of national parks and natural areas on the North Carolina coast brought in more than $215 million in visitor spending in 2016, according to a recent National Park Service report.

  • Our Coast: Why Tar Heels Love Wilmington

    History, natural features and growing restaurant and brewing industries in Wilmington help explain why this coastal city was recently voted the state’s most favorable.

  • What’s In A Name? Pender County Places

    From Atkinson to Yamacraw, Beattys Bridge to Watha, examining the unusual place names in Pender County can help in understanding the history of the North Carolina coast.

  • What’s In A Name? New Hanover Places

    From Castle Hayne to Monkey Junction, Dry Pond to Zeke’s Island, New Hanover County has a number of unusual place names, with stories that are part of the history of the North Carolina coast.

  • Down East Folks Cry Foul Over Team Name

    Residents of Down East communities in Carteret County aren’t happy that the new minor league baseball team in Kinston has assumed their coastal identity in its chosen name, the Down East Wood Ducks.

  • What’s In A Name? Brunswick County Places

    From Bolivia and Calabash to Winnabow and Waccamaw, Brunswick County features many unusually named places, and getting to the origins of those monikers brings to life the rich history of the North Carolina coast.