North Carolina’s oldest organized heritage trail, organized in 1975. This self-paced, self-guided driving trail takes the traveler through 400 years of American history, culture and the environment of 17 coastal North Carolina counties. Easily identifiable brown and white signs throughout the region invite visitors to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and pirates, soldiers and slaves, sea captains and colonists at the 27 sites on the trail. With a copy of our brochure and your map in hand, you will be on your way to enjoy our traditions, history and culture.