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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge- The vast expanse of undisturbed swamp forest and wetlands on this 152,000 acre refuge contains many important wildlife and ecological resources. Since clear-cutting, peat mining, and agricultural conversion have developed much of the Pamlico Peninsula, this area remains one of the most remote and diverse swamps in eastern North Carolina.
Currituck National Wildlife Refuge- The refuge is comprised of five main tracts scattered along the barrier island. The 1,142-acre Currituck Marsh tract and the 247-acre Station Landing Marsh tract are the two most northern tracts. The 1,390-acre Swan Island tract is the next tract to the south. The 380-acre Monkey Island tract, which includes several small islands in Currituck Sound, is located just north of a 50-acre tract owned by The Nature Conservancy and an adjoining 335-acre tract owned by the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. The two most southern tracts are the County Marsh tracts, totaling 54 acres, which are located northwest of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla, NC.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site- The first English settlement in North America was attempted here (1585-87). The fate of Sir Walter Raleigh's "Lost Colony" remains a mystery.
Jockey's Ridge State Park- Orville and Wilbur Wright were the first to take advantage of the area's prevailing winds, ranging from 10 to 15 miles per hour. The ridge, a favorite spot for playing in the sand, offers an exhilarating view of coastal North Carolina. The visitor center offers fascinating exhibits about this magnificent sand dune.
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge- The 8,646-acre Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge is on the north side of Currituck Sound, which has long been recognized for supporting significant migratory waterfowl populations and sport fishery resources.
Merchants Millpond State Park- Discover one of the state's most scenic ecological communities. Massive cypress and gum trees covered with Spanish moss form a canopy for the dark, acid waters of the millpond - a wilderness sanctuary for wetland wildlife. Paddle quietly through the pond and creek and encounter beavers, otters and owls.
Pettigrew State Park- Pettigrew is a 16,600-acre angler's paradise. The large lake holds largemouth bass, yellow perch, pickerel, catfish and sunfish. Lake and wind conditions make Lake Phelps ideal for shallow-draft sailboats, canoeing and windsurfing. This peaceful park offers a historical exhibit of prehistoric Indian culture. One of the park's main features is Somerset Place, homesite and cemetery of Confederate General James Johnston Pettigrew.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge- The predominant vegetation type of the refuge is southeastern shrub bog, which is also known as pocosin. This ecosystem is characterized by a very dense growth of mostly broadleaf evergreen shrubs and scattered pond pine. The dominant species of the bottomland hardwood forest are blackgum and Carolina ash, with smaller components of red maple, water tupelo, loblolly pine and bald cypress.
Wright Brothers National Memorial- Wind, sand and the dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903. With courage and perseverance these self taught engineers relied on teamwork and the application of scientific process.

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Jockey's Ridge State Park
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Jockey's Ridge State Park
Description - The Outer Banks is a fairly small coastal community founded in the late 1600's. Today, the area offers the Museum of the Albemarle, a Historic District Walking / Driving Tour, picturesque fishing villages, many seasonal events and unsurpassed rest and relaxation.

Recreation - Merchants Millpond State Park which offers canoeing in a beautiful cypress swamp or observing waterfowl is nearby. The very beautiful and fascinating Jockey's Ridge State Park with its enormous sand dune and Pettigrew State Park are located within the region. An interesting side-trip is to the Great Dismal Swamp with its diverse ecological environment including many rare and endangered plant and animal species. Numerous private recreation facilities lie in the area as well including private fishing excursions, hang-gliding, paragliding and jet skiing. The beautiful crystal blue-green ocean offers endless hours of beach-side fishing, sunbathing, beach combing and hiking.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 44 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures range above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 48 to 52 inches (122 to 132 centimeters).

Location - The Outer Banks Area is located in the northeastern area of North Carolina. It may be access from US 17 / 158 from the northern Chesapeake, Virginia region or from US 17 from the southwest.


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Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce, 502 E. Ehringhaus Street, P.O. Box 426 , Elizabeth City, NC, 27907-0426, Phone: 919-335-4365

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North Carolina Community Areas - North Carolina's communities range from small mountain towns, to coastal tourist centers such as Wilmington, to the large bustling metropolitans areas of Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem.

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