Family and heritage are the foundations of Down East. From hunting and commercial fishing to boatbuilding and decoy carving, this rich community is steeped in the history and tradition of generations on the Coast.

Harkers Island acts as your gateway to Down East when arriving from the Crystal Coast, with the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center further exploring the faces and stories of each of the Down East communities. Plus, hop on a ferry to enjoy all that Cape Lookout National Seashore has to offer just a boat ride away.

Ready to explore more? Head north on Highway 70 and get to know the close-knit towns of Marshallberg, Smyrna, Davis, Stacy and more, ending with a scenic drive through Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge and landing at the Cedar Island beach and ferry service. The views are spectacular and the serenity of these untouched towns is something to behold.

Whether it’s for an afternoon adventure or a weekend away from it all, Down East is waiting for you to explore.