From wild horses to seafood festivals to Cape Lookout Lighthouse, the Crystal Coast is home to many unique features that define it as North Carolina’s Gem. An important item on that list is the expansive waterway that gives us yet another coastline to explore – Bogue Sound.

Separating Bogue Banks from the mainland of Carteret County, Bogue Sound offers more than 20 miles of marshes, islands, sand shoals and other features that create ideal habitats for a variety of wildlife. Nature abounds with extensive oyster beds, submerged aquatic vegetation and a great number of birds (migratory, shorebirds and colonial waterbirds, to name a few).

Visitors can enjoy Bogue Sound best on the water itself, whether by kayak, canoe, paddle board or boat and via several boat launches and access points along its shores.

Learn more about the diversity of this natural habitat and water sports haven in our video below.