• The Starriest Sky on the East Coast

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore could become the first “dark sky park” in the world that’s on a coastline. Its brilliant nightscape of stars is an environmental, economic and scientific resource.

  • Alligator River Refuge

    The watery wilderness that is the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is 30 years old this year. The red wolves, the red cockaded woodpeckers, the black bears and, yes, the alligators should be rejoicing.

  • Wilder Than a Bengal Jungle

    In the last of two parts, the writings of famous American author Henry David Thoreau are compared to the scenery of Ocracoke Island.

  • Walking With Thoreau

    In the first of two parts, a “Coastal Review Online” writer mirrors her beach walk on Ocracoke Island with the writings of famous American author Henry David Thoreau in his expedition of the Cape Cod coastline.

  • Kayaking Ocracoke in Winter

    A winter paddle through the marshes of Ocracoke may bring you face to face with a belted kingfisher, which will impress you with its diving aeronautics.

  • Sunset Beach

    North Carolina’s southern-most beach town celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Even the sand seems to like the place.

  • Glimpse Behind the Fish Tanks

    The state aquarium at Fort Fisher offers behind-the-scenes tours that bring you nose-to-nose with all kinds of sea critters, like this porcupine puffer.

  • Insect Safari in the Dismal Swamp

    A visit to the Dismal Swamp State Park yields many stories and sights, including a myriad of six- and eight-legged critters, as seen during a recent state park’s “Insect Safari.”

  • Cape Lookout

    Come visit one of the three great capes that punctuate the N.C. coast. Here, you’ll find an amazing array of wildlife, great fishing, unique history and a breathtaking view from atop the famous lighthouse.

  • Now, This Is a Serious Beach Walk

    Cathy and Peter Meyer of Wilmington take long beach walks to another level. They plan to walk the entire length of the N.C. coast and write about their experiences in a series of e-books.