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.
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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.
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.
Want to know more about NC LOW?
Friends of NC LOW
A Time for Science
Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuarine Program
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Eastern 4-H Environmental Education Center
East Carolina University
ECU Coastal Studies Institute
Explore North Carolina
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
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 Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
Roanoke River Partners
Somerset Place Historic Site
Town of Windsor
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation