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National Parks Week on the Crystal Coast

National Parks Week: 4 Parks to Explore on the Crystal Coast

Join us celebrating National Park Week 2021 from April 17 to 25!

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“National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks!”

-National Park Service

harkers island national park

 It is almost a pleasure to get lost here with its bridges spanning sparkling waters, marshes of waving grasses, flocks of birds swirling like autumn leaves, and cool wooded sanctuaries harboring vintage residences. It is also good to know there’s a helpful soul at virtually every turn of the road, at gift shops, convenience stores, gas stations, real estate offices, boat building concerns, marinas, seafood concessions, pizza, and burger joints.

Situated in Atlantic Beach, Fort Macon is packed to the brim with southern history. When you tour, take the time to have a tour guide show you the ropes.

There are cannons galore as well as great informative videos to begin your visit. There is history on the stairs, on the walls, and even on the doors. Be sure not to miss an inch on your trip back in time.

Fort Macon Atlantic Beach NC, Fort Macon National State Park

cape lookout national park

The Cape Lookout National Seashore consists of 66 miles of beautifully undeveloped coastline stretching in barrier islands from Ocracoke to Beaufort Inlet. A short 3-mile boat ride off-shore takes you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore where you can enjoy activities like shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages. Enjoy your time on the island searching for the famous wild horses of Shackleford Banks, across the way. The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled day at the beach. You can even bring your dog!

There aren’t any restaurants, so be sure to pack a lunch, sunscreen, water, and other necessary supplies!

Find Paradise on the unspoiled sands of this barrier island and National Park Hammocks Beach State Park is one of the few locations along the coast that remain nearly completely untouched. Ride a passenger ferry over to the island and spend the day exploring or if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Load up your gear and reserve a campsite on the sound or ocean.

The ferry operates every half hour throughout the day during the summer season, giving you the chance to spend the entire day exploring the 4-mile long island. Once the ferry docks, there is a 1/2 mile trail that leads to the beach where you can swim, shell, kayak, or camp overnight.

Bring everything you need, there isn’t anywhere on the island to purchase food and drinks.

Ferry Services:

Hammocks Beach State Park | Swansboro

(910) 326-4881

Hammocks Beach National Park

Check out our publications to learn more about the National Parks on the Crystal Coast. If you take pictures while exploring these National Parks, please share them with us. Have a blast exploring!

Featured New Listing | 107 W Landing Drive

107 W Landing Drive

Emerald Isle, NC

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2,208 Sq Ft

Better than new 5th row ocean view home offering 3 Bedrooms plus a ground level bonus room which expands living space. The spacious great room has two-story vaulted ceiling opening to loft/stairway above. Expansive windows throughout allow lots of natural lighting and views of maritime oaks perfectly nestled around decks. The beautiful ocean view off the private Master Bedroom deck is one to cherish. Many recent improvements & upgrades include roof, siding, carpet, bamboo laminate floors/stairs, interior paint, refinished kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, lighting, outside shower, furniture and more! A beautiful manicured lawn and landscaping add character to this beach home’s outdoor space. Offered furnished & ready to go for summer fun. Not currently a vacation rental but rental income projection available upon request. Make your 2020 family beach memories here!

Syndie Earnhardt


Syndie Earnhardt- REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

Featured New Listing | 129 Hawthorne Drive

129 Hawthorne Drive

Pine Knoll Shores, NC

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1,798 Square Feet

A beautiful sunroom and a screened-in porch are perfect spots to enjoy this home nestled among the trees in the tranquil environment of Pine Knoll Shores. A finished bonus room not included in the heated square feet provides ample storage space. Additional features such as a handicapped accessible walk-in Jacuzzi brand whirlpool tub, Corian countertops, and hardwood floors are a nice bonus. Enjoy all that the 298 acres of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, located just down the street has to offer. Private beach accesses, parks, a kayak launch and boat ramp / dock are just a few of the perks of home ownership in this quaint community. Boat slips are available on an annual rental, first come-first serve basis (rentals are handled by the Harbormaster). This home is also close to the Country Club of the Crystal Coast where memberships include access to tennis, golf and pools. This home had a new roof in 2018 and is in a part of PKS that has not flooded even after two 500 year flood events.

David & Julie Perry


Featured New Listing | 5118 Holly Lane

5118 Holly Lane

Morehead City, NC

3 Bedrooms, 2 & 1/2 Bathrooms, 2,154 Square Feet

This newly renovated home is located in a highly desirable neighborhood, with a community sound-front park and convenient location to everything. The spacious brick ranch has an open, flowing floor plan with new Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring throughout, updated bathrooms & kitchen with all new cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures. A new roof was also installed in 2019. The large yard (fenced in rear) has endless possibilities for kids, pets, gardening and/or entertaining. Don’t wait to see this beautiful, move in ready home- It surely won’t last long!

Stephanie Ross


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Featured Listing | Sunset Harbor Unit B2

Sunset Harbor B2

8622 Sound Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath- Conveniently Located Soundfront Condo

If you’re in the market for a property along The Crystal Coast, you definitely won’t want to miss out on this waterfront condo with outstanding views of Bogue Sound, the Emerald Isle Bridge & Island Harbor Marina! This 1,127 sq ft. condo has been immaculately maintained by the original owner and never been used as a rental! It comes with it’s own boat slip & lift, plus hardwood, tile & carpet flooring, 9′ ceilings, a double pantry, solid surface kitchen tops, a tiled walk-in shower in the Master Bath, guest bath tub/shower combo with tiled walls, a full sized washer/dryer closet in Master Bath, beaded board wainscoting, and crown molding throughout. Sunset Harbor Building 7 is perfectly positioned for premium views, as it sits forward of other buildings. Building amenities include a grill, kayak/SUP storage racks, plus a pier with water & fish cleaning station. The extremely convenient location makes shopping and dining a breeze, especially considering the proximity to the beautiful bike path. To top it all off- This amazing condo is offer furnished with exceptions.

*Short term rentals are not allowed per HOA guidelines.

Syndie Earnhardt


Syndie Earnhardt- REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

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Featured New Listing | 109 Pelican Drive

109 Pelican Drive

Newport, NC

5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3,661 Square Feet

This fantastic home is located in Adams Harbor- A Bogue Sound Water Front Community, which also happens to be in the Croatan School District (One of the top in the state)! This home features a large open-floor plan for entertaining family and friends. Beautiful French Doors with built-in Blinds and Planation Shutters are featured throughout the home. The upgraded Kitchen includes Granite counters and all Stainless Steel appliances. A Gas Log Fireplace easily heats the main Living room, and the Master Bedroom Suite is perfectly siutated on the primary floor as awell as an additional bedroom and full bath. 3 additional bedrooms are located on the upper floor, plus a sitting room with a view of Bogue Sound! Plenty of Heated/Cooled storage is easily accessible throughout this home, and a fullly-finished Walkout Basement and two car garage tops it all off.

Featured Listing | 101 Taylors Creek Lane

101 Taylors Creek Lane

Beaufort, NC

Traditional Home Tucked Away Along The Beaufort Waterfront

This property has so much to offer as a permanent residence or the ultimate second home. Outside you will find a gracious setting with beautiful double porches allow for stunning waterviews of Taylors Creek, Cowpen Creek and Carrot Island. Inside you will find a spacious, flowing floor plan with features including: stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, bar seating, tiled backsplash, hardwood flooring, granite, wood burning fireplace and more. The tiled sunroom is the perfect place for relaxation and/or family game nights. There is tons of space here for all members of your family including a formal living room, den, formal dining area and eat-in kitchen. The second level consists of a bonus room and three bedrooms including a large master with a private covered porch, walk-in closet and jetted tub. The third level has another large bonus room perfect for extra sleeping space, media room or kids play area. Whatever your needs are, this home has it! In addition, you will LOVE having your deeded boat slip right out front. This will make fishing and family days on the water a breeze!

Jim Bailey


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Featured New Listing- Angler’s Cove A2

Angler’s Cove A2

203 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Boat Slip w/ Lift

This beautiful second floor condo with breath taking views of the water is a fisherman’s paradise! Spacious storage areas, tile floors throughout, upgraded stainless appliances, a wine cooler, built-in shelving, a washer & dryer and fireplace give this property tremendous value. Not to mention- a boat slip with 10,000 lift and remote control so you can be out on the water in no time. Automatic blinds in the great room/dining and kitchen offer plenty of privacy. Unbeatable location- Close to dining, shopping, banks, ocean, fishing, and most anything else you could possibly want in Atlantic Beach.

Sharon Salmon


Sharon Salmon- Broker/REALTOR at Bluewater Real Estate in Atlantic Beach, NC

After retiring to the Crystal Coast in 1989, Sharon Salmon opted to open a retail store on the Atlantic Beach Causeway in 1996. She owned and operated her highly successful home decor retail store, Somethin’ Fishy for nine years. Retiring for the second time, Sharon found herself wanting to return to her first career choice in Real Estate. She would love the opportunity to guide you through your next real estate transaction along The Crystal Coast.

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New Featured Listing- 4803 Ocean Drive

4803 Ocean Drive

Emerald Isle, NC

10 Bedroom, 11 & 1/2 Bathrooms, Game Room, Media Room

Oceanfront with Pool, Hot Tub & Outdoor Kitchen

A rare find on Bogue Banks- A true 10 bedroom exquisitely appointed oceanfront home. Fully furnished, turn-key property that will be an excellent vacation rental named ”The Nautilus” with proposed rental income at $335,000. Home boasts a beautiful pool, triple covered oceanfront porches, a media room, rec room with kitchen and bar, walkway to beach with gazebo, covered parking, fireplace, elevator, plus a large great room and dining area. Each bedroom has its own private bath. The kitchen is magnificent with a raised serving and eating bar, double ovens, ice maker, large refrigerator and pantry. Other amazing amenities are the outdoor kitchen, Wet Bar, Outdoor Shower, Pool Table, Card/Poker Table, Shuffle Board Table, Arcade Games & many other fine details to list! This home is truly one of a kind and recently completed construction!

Copeland & Bernauer Real Estate Team

The Copeland & Bernauer Real Estate Team consists of Pat Copeland, Eleanor Copeland & Allison Bernauer. They would love the opportunity to help you buy or sell your home along The Crystal Coast!

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