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Radio Island Public Beach Access In Beaufort NC And Carteret County

Information on Radio Island public beach access in Beaufort NC and Carteret County continues after the video. Suggested discussions can relate to parking, public facilities, boating and kayaking, fishing, the Beaufort Inlet, nearby islands, and management of the access area. NOTICE: The beach access and parking re-opened on May 27, 2022
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  • Ample parking that is free.
  • Public showers and restrooms.
  • Calm water/no waves/decreased rip current risk public swimming area for kids and families.
  • Four trails through the sand dunes to give visitors different access vantage points to the area.
  • Open dawn to dusk.
  • Great beach fishing spot.
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Discussions and Comments As a parent, this public beach is great for less experienced swimmers because it is not directly facing the ocean. However, it still has a beach feel. It is important to note that when larger boats come in via the Beaufort inlet, there will be small temporary waves from the wake of the motor. Have you ever done any fishing from this beach access, and if so what types of fish have you caught?
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Does Carteret County need more regional beach access points that are not directly on the ocean and one’s that offer public resources like restrooms, showers, and free parking? If so, what are some good locations for these interest? This area is great for bird and nature walks through the sand dunes that kids will love. Radio Island beach access is also a very calming place that is quiet, relatively uncrowded, managed and protected area where kids can play in shallow waters while parents relax and watch the boats travel to and from Shackleford Banks, Beaufort, Cape Lookout, and Fort Macon. In years past, visitors to the area could do off-road four wheel driving in the sand dunes adjacent to Radio Island, is this still allowed? Is there parking for larger recreational vehicles (RV), or camping nearby? Who manages this access area?
Information on NC DEQ. no waves or rip currents for kids and families

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7 thoughts on “Radio Island Public Beach Access In Beaufort NC And Carteret County

  • March 27, 2022 at 11:21 am

    Walkway to beach barricaded today 3/27/2022 is the area prohibited or can we still go?

    • March 27, 2022 at 12:34 pm

      From the Town of Beaufort NC:

      Beginning Thursday, March 24, 2022, the public may experience limited access to Carrot Island and the public beach access on Radio Island due to the east Taylor’s Creek dredging project. The public is asked to be aware of and stay alert to the construction equipment, buoys, barges, and other equipment during this time.

      The boating public is asked to keep a safe distance from the dredge and dredge effluent pipe during times of operation. Boaters should proceed through dredging maintenance and construction zones with the utmost caution. No wake speed should be observed in active work zones throughout the project duration. The dredge pipe will be marked for visual reference. Depending on the contractor’s progress, the project may last up to 30 days. Updates will be provided through the Carteret County Shore Protection Office and Carteret County Government social media as the project progresses.

  • January 16, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Can anyone tell me how long of a walk it is to radio island from public access parking???

    • January 16, 2022 at 9:12 pm

      About 70 yards.

  • August 19, 2019 at 3:40 am

    As you may have read in the news, Duke Energy is looking to put an industrial park on Radio Island as part of their readiness program but it does not appear from the report that the beach access and sandy swimming area will be affected. County commissioners are actually publicly hearing from Duke Energy on August 19, 2019 at which point I am assuming the report will be made available to the public. I am planning to go to the commissioner meeting and will report back.

  • May 27, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Getting more and more popular with the locals and some tourist trying to escape the seemingly increase in rip currents risks going on over at the area beaches. I don’t know if this access area is controlled by Beaufort or Morehead City but they might want to look at putting more parking in place. I know Memorial Day weekend 2019 there was a LOT of people there.

  • November 3, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I really like Radio Island Beach. First, there is always ample free parking. Kids can play on a beach where there are no waves which is important for inexperienced swimmers. There is very low risk for rip currents. It is quiet and not wall to wall people.

    Great shower access and public restrooms. You also get a great view of boats entering and exiting the Beaufort inlet headed to Shackleford and Cape Lookout.

    Also, the multiple trails leading to the access area that go through the sand dunes second as a great nature viewing area if you take the time to stop and enjoy the scenery.

    It is also a great place to go fishing. I highly recommend this area for families that don’t want the bustle of the Bogue Banks beaches.


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