Salvo Soundside Beach

Dozens of visitors are playing in the waters of the Pamlico Sound or relaxing on a stretch of sandy beach.
Visitors enjoying Pamlico Sound

Quick Facts
Salvo, NC
Sound side beach

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Salvo Sound Access has sandy sound-front beaches, plenty of parking, and seasonally opened restroom facilities. The comfort station has two changing bays, an outdoor shower, and two pit-style restrooms.

The area is ideal for watersport lovers, including kayakers, kiteboarders, windsurfers, and stand-up paddle boarders. It is also a good playground for young families, where the gentler, warmer waters of the Pamlico Sound are perfect for splashing around and playing in. There are also picnic tables and metal grills available for those who wish to enjoy a meal outdoors.

A Nursery, A Haven, A Home

Beneath the surface of the Pamlico Sound is a nursery perfect for marine life. Fed by the ocean and mainland rivers, the sound is a mix of salt and fresh water that is just right for many species. This estuary and its marshes provide protection and shelter for eggs and young to hatch and grow.

Some animals will spend their entire lives here. Others are born in the ocean and travel through inlets into the sound to spend their adolescence before returning to the sea. Some adult fish come into the sound to deposit their eggs among the protective eelgrass. Once hatched, the young stay and grow before leaving the sound for the ocean - only to return, maybe years later, to continue the cycle.

- In the sound, food such as plankton, is readily available. Tall eelgrass gives shelter from the elements and predators.
- The grass shrimp, periwinkle snail, and fiddler crab are some of the animals that spend their entire lives in the Pamlico Sound.
- Some animals, like the red drum, flounder, bull shark, and clear-nosed skate are born in the sound and later live in the ocean.
- The American eel and the green sea turtle are examples of sea life that may go from the ocean to the sound during their lifetime.

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Last updated: March 22, 2021