Why Carteret County is


Embark on a magical adventure just off the shore to Cape Lookout National Seashore, a haven of horse watching, shelling, fishing, and more. From lighthouse climbing to exploring historic villages, there's something for every soul. Enjoy a day filled with wonder and beauty at Cape Lookout.

Discover the rich history of Fort Macon State Park, nestled in the heart of Carteret County. Immerse yourself in the restored pre-Civil War fort through guided tours and exciting cannon and musket demonstrations. The nearby beach invites you to swim, beachcomb, and spot maybe spot a dolphin or two.

Explore the beauty of Shackleford Banks, a stunning barrier island system on the coast of Carteret County, NC. This unique destination is home to wild horses, as well as a variety of sea animals, including loggerhead turtles. With ferry access from Beaufort, t's the perfect spot to spend the day.