Rachel Carson Reserve



Hours & Seasons

  • Seasons - Year-round
  • Hours - 8 am - 4 pm


  • 101 Pivers Island Road

    Beaufort,   NC   28516


The Rachel Carson Reserve is located between the mouths of the Newport and North Rivers and directly across Taylor’s Creek from the historic town of Beaufort. Diverse arrays of important coastal habitats are found at the site including: tidal flats, salt marshes, ocean beach, soft bottom, shell bottom, dredge spoil areas, sand dunes, shrub thicket, submerged aquatic vegetation, and maritime forest. Many bird species use the Reserve for nesting and migratory habitat, and the Reserve is also home to a herd of approximately 30 wild horses.

Education programs including public field trips, summer camps and school field experiences focus on exploring the habitats and creatures of the Reserve, and highlighting the value of estuaries to coastal communities. Most field experiences occur during the summer.

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101 Pivers Island Road
Beaufort NC 28516


Latitude: 34° 43' 3" / Longitude: -76° 40' 19.56"

Special Directions:

From Hwy 70 W: proceed through Morehead City downtown (20 mile/hour zone), over the high rise bridge by the port.
• Make your 2nd right (there are two right turn lanes) onto Pivers Island Rd. If you get to the Beaufort drawbridge, you’ve gone too far. You’ll see small signs on the HWY that say NOAA and Duke Marine Lab.
•Go over a small bridge with a security gate (gate will be open).
• Once over the bridge, you’ll see a large two story white building on the left, this is where we meet for the field trip. Park in the lot directly in front of the building or in the lot to the right. There is a large NOAA circle logo on the building.

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