• The beaches of Pine Knoll Shores

Pine Knoll Shores

At the central-most point of the Bogue Banks, Pine Knoll Shores offers an unforgettable experience to vacationers and was named “Best Beach Town” by Coastal Living Magazine! The residential community of Pine Knoll Shores spans nearly two square miles. This barrier island is surrounded by the bustling Atlantic Beach, Indian Beach, the Bogue Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean.


NC AQUARIUM: The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores boasts thousands of aquatic animals and takes you on a journey from North Carolina’s mountains to the sea. This aquarium is truly an immersive experience. Touch a Stingray or a Horseshoe Crab in the Tidal Touch Pool or watch divers feed the fish in the Living Shipwreck which features a 60-foot viewing window. There are always events going on at the aquarium making it easy to find something the whole family will enjoy.

The entrance to the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area

THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATURAL AREA: Take a walk in through this expansive 265-acre nature preserve located next to the North Carolina Aquarium. The Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area offers two distinct trails to choose from. One is approximately a mile long and the other is a shorter trail that loops through the marsh. Donated to the state by the family of the 26th President, this nature preserve attracts naturalists and photographers.


Sandy walkway to the beach

IRON STEAMER PUBLIC ACCESS: The. Iron Steamer Public Access is the perfect spot in Pine Knoll Shores to access the Crystal Coast. This regional, oceanfront area is located just west of the former Iron Steamer fishing pier and includes a bathroom facility perfect for rinsing off after a long day at the beach.

Trail sign entering the Alice G Hoffman Trail

HOFFMAN TRAIL: Hoffman Trail is accessible from inside the Aquarium. This loop forest trail takes approximately 30 minutes to walk at a comfortable pace. Hoffman Trail has a bird blind at East Pond and a floating bridge over a small freshwater pond and a lovely view of Bogue Sound. While on the trail you may see a variety of birds, insects, mammals, lizards, turtles, snakes.

Outside photo of the Crystal Coast Country Club entrance and grounds

CRYSTAL COAST COUNTRY CLUB: Crystal Coast Country Club is a semi-private country club nestled on the island of Bogue Banks in Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy a day on the course or practice at the putting/chipping green. The spectacular views of the sound running alongside the course is unparalleled in this area.

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