North Carolina Land of Water

Our mission is to undertake activities that will contribute to long-term sustainable economic development based on the natural resources and cultural history of the region, integrate the diverse areas of the Inner and Outer Banks for their mutual benefit, and enhance the quality of life of its residents.

The Wildlife

The Interaction

The Beauty

Miles of Shoreline

People in Region

Square Miles of Wetland

Region in Square Miles

Natural Environment

Comparable in size to the state of Vermont, this region of northeastern North Carolina contains significant natural areas available for public use that include 10 national wildlife refuges, 2 national seashores and 1 national forest, 7 state parks, and the second largest estuarine system in the United States.

Cultural History

Vibrant communities along the 180 miles of barrier island beaches with amenities for vacationing families, inland small towns with wonderful historic resources and significant fishing and farming operations.


Visit a historic site, take a paddling adventure through a swamp, bird watch on one of our beautiful beaches, go wind surfing, kite boarding, sailing or hiking – there are endless opportunities to both learn and have fun while visiting this incredibly diverse landscape.

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Contact Us

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Friends of NC LOW

A Time for Science

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Program

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Bertie County

Cape Hatteras National Seashore 

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Center

East Carolina University

ECU Coastal Studies Institute

Explore North Carolina

First Citizens Bank

Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology &


Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

NC Coastal Atlas

NC Coastal Federation

Friends of NC Low

NC Coastal Land Trust

NC Dept of Commerce—Underserved & Limited

Resource Communities

NC Natural Science Museum

NC Partnership for the Sounds

NC Sea Grant Program

NC Space Grant Program

NC Water Resources Research Institute

Pettigrew State Park

Pocosin Arts

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

Reisert Foundation

Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge

Roanoke River Partners

Somerset Place Historic Site

Town of Windsor

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation