With miles of sandy shoreline, Emerald Isle is known as a top beach vacation destination for many reasons. However, there’s more to do in this Southern Outer Banks town than beach days. After a delicious breakfast at a local spot or one you make in your vacation rental from Sun-Surf Realty, set off exploring. Go shopping at the local boutiques or cruise around on boat rentals. For a nature-filled outing, visit a state park found near Emerald Isle.
A Guide to the Best Local State Parks in North Carolina
Visiting a local state park is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of the state’s diverse ecosystems.
Hammocks Beach State Park
Located in Swansboro, Hammocks Beach State Park is made up of four areas that total almost 1,160 acres. One of the most popular sections of the park is Bear Island, a four-mile undeveloped barrier island that you can only get to by ferry or paddling. Other areas include the mainland, Jones Island, and Huggins Island. Learn about the ecology and wildlife of the park through exhibits and interactive programs.
Fort Macon State Park
Not only is Fort Macon State Park a historical landmark, but this attraction in Bogue Banks also features public beach access. Three sides of the park are surrounded by water, which means plenty of coastline to explore. Learn area history on guided tours of the fort, or witness a cannon and musket demonstration.
Other great local natural attractions include Cape Lookout National Seashore and Shackleford Banks, home to the famous wild horses.
Surround Yourself in Beauty on an Emerald Isle Escape
Whether you’re visiting a state park or searching the shoreline for shells, there is no shortage of adventures in Emerald Isle that’ll get you outdoors. After a long, adventure-filled day, there’s no better place to unwind than your vacation rental from Sun-Surf Realty.
We have a wide range of rental homes and condos, which means there are plenty of fantastic accommodations in which to choose. Wake up every morning to the sound of waves rolling in by staying at one of our soundside or oceanfront properties. Call 800-553-7873 to learn more about our properties and which one might fit your needs best.