North Carolina

The famed Outer Banks beaches are a mere 45-minute drive from Elizabeth City. From Corolla to Ocracoke, there are miles and miles of charming villages, world-class shopping, and wide, sandy beaches. Worth a visit is the Wright Brothers monument in Kill Devil Hills, the huge Jockey's Ridge sand dune in Nags Head, and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in Buxton, on Hatteras Island. North Carolina has a free ferry system and one of these ferries transports visitors from Hatteras Village to the charming island of Ocracoke.
      There are many waterways in the area for kayaking and canoeing, as well as fishing, a very popular sport.
      Edenton is about 28 miles southwest of Elizabeth City, and has a large downtown district of beautiful homes, some on the waterfront. The Visitor Center, on North Broad Street, offers a 14- minute audiovisual program, exhibits, gift shop, and visitor information. There are also guided tours offered of five historic properties: St. Paul's Episcopal Church (1736), Cupola House (1758), Barker House (1782), Chowan County Courthouse (1767), and Iredell House (early 19th century).
      Historic Hertford, incorporated in 1758, features waterfront homes and parks, antique and gift shops, cafes, and the historic Perquimans Country Courthouse. The home of Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Hertford is a North Carolina Main Street Community, and was selected as one of just two heritage tourism pilot communities in North Carolina.
      Close by is the Great Dismal Swamp Canal, the oldest continually operating hand-dug waterway in the country. Enjoy beautiful scenery, free dockage, and convenience stops. Located at the south end of the site, the 4.5 mile long trail is about 10 feet wide (with a hard surface), and meanders along the canal for approximately three miles. It is handicapped-accessible, and birder-friendly, offering picnic tables and benches. This trail opened in July 2005 for hiking, biking, birding and photography. The canal is also an excellent kayaking and canoeing site.
      Several wineries are close by: Martin Orchard and Vineyard, on Knotts Island; Moonrise Bay Vineyard, also on Knotts Island; and Sanctuary Vineyards, in Jarvisburg (at the Cotton Gin).

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