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Frequently Asked Questions About Carteret County NC

This is a list of frequently asked questions about the Carteret County NC local communities of Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and areas down east near Harkers Island. Readers are encouraged to share this article on the popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter so that others can learn more about the local community and their offerings.

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Is there an airport that has commercial airline service? The Michael J. Smith airport is located in Beaufort and is considered a general aviation airport serving private aircraft only. As the population continues to grow due to the Interstate 42 project, commercial service should serve the area by 2028. For now, review our article on the closest airports that have commercial service.

What are the names of towns within Carteret County? Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, Cape Carteret, Bogue, Peletier, Stella, Emerald Isle, Salter Path, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach, Harkers Island, Otway, Marshallberg, Cedar Island, Davis, Atlantic, Merrimon, and Bettie. The last 8 towns are located in what we call “Down East” which is any town to the east of Beaufort.

What area code is the county in? The 252 area code.

Does the local area experience a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms? From July till the end of October, the local area is under threat of tropical systems that come in from the Atlantic Ocean. We typically see around 2 systems that come close to the area each year. Review more about the weather here.

I hear a lot about wild horses on a island near the coast, what is the name of the island and how do I see them? The island called Shackleford Banks sits about 5 miles off the coast and is home to a herd of wild banker ponies managed by the National Parks Service. This island is only accessible by private boat or passenger ferry. Review more about the wild horses on this island.

What are some major bodies of water in the local area? Bogue Sound separates Morehead City, Newport, and Cape Carteret from the Bogue Banks communities of Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Indian Beach, Salter Path, and Emerald Isle. Core Sound, North River, and South river make up a network of waterways in the down east communities, the Newport River winds it’s way from the state port in to the Croatan National Forest, and the Pamlico Sound is a very large body of water along the inner banks of the Outer Banks. The Neuse River connects the Pamlico Sound and New Bern NC via the Intracoastal Waterway.

What is the population of the county? 66, 469.

What is the name of the local medical center in the county and where is it located? Carteret Health Care serves all communities locally and is located in Morehead City. But, there is a local general facility down east called Pruitt Health that serves residents in that rural area.

Where can I catch a passenger and car ferry over to Ocracoke Island? The ferry that takes cars and passengers over to the small island called Ocracoke is located in Cedar Island which is the most eastern of towns locally.

What if I have more questions about the area, who can I contact to get answers. Our website is not affiliated with county government, but you can start learning more about Carteret NC by viewing our home page and searching categories. Each page has a discussion form where we answer frequently asked questions about the local area.

Where is the lighthouse I hear so much about? The Cape Lookout National Seashore lighthouse sits adjacent to Shackleford Banks and is only accessible by private boat or passenger ferry. This national seashore is managed by the U.S. National Parks service year-around and is open to the public. Learn more on our article on Cape Lookout.

Where can I learn more about area subdivisions and real estate in the area? We maintain a list of subdivisions in most local communities that all have links to real estate homes for sale locally and answers other demographic information about real estate and properties for sale. View this information here.

If we are planning a family vacation to your area, where can I get more information and ask questions? We have several articles related to family vacations that tells about each community, and links local RV Parks and campgrounds, along with things to do when visiting. Go to this guide now.

I am interested in learning more about what is happening each day locally, do you have a news section that is frequently updated with local reports? Yes, view our local news page here.

Where can I learn more about area recreational activities like boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, and other recreational activities? We maintain a comprehensive list of recreational activities locally across many pages and the best way to find this information is to search a specific topic. But, you can start with our list of water sports activities locally.

What counties border Carteret County NC? Onslow County and Craven County.

If I am interested in moving to the local area, where can I get more information? We published an article that we think is a good starting point when considering investing in the local area, starting a business, and making a permanent move to the area.

Are you allowed to drive ATVs or four wheel drive vehicles on beaches? During the winter months, municipalities do allow 4×4 vehicles to drive on the beach by permit only. 

That is all we have for now. But as we get more questions from the public using our internal pages, we will continue to add to this list of frequently asked questions. However, you are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like on any of our internal pages and our staff will answer them within the hour.

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

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