Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Just west of Atlantic Beach at MM4 is Pine Knoll Shores (10.5 miles from Beaufort, NC), a peaceful residential community designed well into maritime forest between the oceanside dunes and Bogue Sound. It was developed by by children of Theodore Roosevelt who were heirs of Alice Hoffman, owner of the island between 1918 and 1953 from Atlantic Beach to near Emerald Isle. Their priorities for minimal disturbance of the island dynamics in its development make Pine Knoll Shores one of the state’s most ecologically sensitive towns.

The North Carolina Aquarium is in Pine Knoll Shores at MM7. It is scheduled to open in early 2006, when you may once again enjoy the exciting marine world of touch tanks, sea life aquaria, exhibits, workshops and field trips. The Aquarium is located in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, which also contains is a well-marked nature trail with attractive areas for birdwatching.

Other area points of interest include a historic marker on Hwy. 58 at the intersection leading to the N.C. Aquarium, which identifies the site of one of the first landings in the New World by a European explorer. The sunken Confederate blockade runner Pevensey is located off the east wing of the Iron Steamer fishing pier in Pine Knoll Shores. This 500-ton iron vessel was run ashore by a Federal navy boat in 1864. Its outline is still visible underwater at low tide, now marking a favorite fishing spot.

Each year on the beaches of Pine Knoll Shores, sand sculpture competitions occur the first weekend of May during the Mile of Hope weekend and in August to benefit the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter.