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Maritime-Related National Parks in North Carolina
- The sound of ocean waves, the starry night sky, or the calm of the salt marshes—you can experience it all. Shaped by the forces of water, wind, and storms these islands are ever-changing. The plants, wildlife, and people who live here adapt continually. Whether you are walking on the beach, kayaking on the sound, or climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, there is something for everyone to explore.
- A boat ride three miles off-shore brings you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages—there?s something for everyone at Cape Lookout.
- Fort Raleigh National Historic Site protects and preserves known portions of England's first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590. This site also preserves the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor (also in FL, GA, SC)
- Designated by Congress in 2006, the Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina, in the north to Jacksonville, Florida, in the south. It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.