Rachel Carson Reserve

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Hours & Seasons

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


  • 2370 Lennoxville 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. Be aware, it is only accessible by private boat or passenger ferry.

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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2370 Lennoxville Road
Beaufort NC 28516


Latitude: 34° 42' 39.6714" / Longitude: -76° 37' 55.1784"

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Motor boats can be launched from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission boating access area located at 2370 Lennoxville Road in Beaufort. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from designated areas along the Beaufort waterfront. Ferry services are located along the Beaufort waterfront.

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