Places

  • Fall Is Empty Beaches and Showy Skies

    Fall on the coast can be magnificent. Cooler temperatures and cooler water make getting outside enjoyable again. Take a stroll along an empty, catch some Spanish for supper and take in the celestial show.

  • A White Oak River Relaxathon

    The federation and a Swansboro business offer adventurers a chance to set out on the beautiful White Oak River for a little sightseeing, paddling, swimming and light yoga.

  • Woods’ Wonders Now Open to All

    One man’s desire and persistence has lead to a nature trail at the Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve that allows the disabled and others to enjoy the woods’ beauty.

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    Cedar Island Refuge

    The refuge’s squadrons of mosquitoes and deer flies chased Sam Bland back to his truck, but the dance of dragonflies mesmerized him.

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    Lea-Hutaff Island, a Restful Respite

    The deserted beaches, shifting shoals and expansive marshes of Lea-Hutaff Island along the southeast coast make it a needed haven for many bird species.

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    Holly Shelter Ablaze in Wildflowers

    A wild fire devastated a portion of the Holly Shelter Game Lands in Pender County last year, but it’s still a refuge for rare plants, diminutive gopher frogs and native butterflies.

  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    A detailed map, a GPS and a good compass would come in handy for a walk in the Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County.

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    Giant Beavers or Celestial Encounters?

    Catfish Lake in the Croatan National Forest is one of more than 500,000 Carolina bay lakes that dot the East Coast. Their origins are mysterious, though our Sam Bland is voting for the beavers.

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    Take a Bear Island Camping Trip

    Any time of the year is a good time to pitch a tent on Bear Island to watch the stars and the dolphins and small creatures that light up the water.