North Carolina’s 300 miles of coastline is dotted by more than a dozen piers offering a range of water-based activities. Proximity to the Gulf Stream means great pier fishing, and additional attractions range from an aquarium to tons of dining options.
From north to south, here’s a roundup of North Carolina’s ocean piers:
1 Avalon Fishing Pier
2 Nags Head Fishing Pier
3 Jennette’s Pier
3 Jennette’s PierNags HeadSee on map
Originally built way back in 1939, Jennette’s Pier was rebuilt after Hurricane Isabel. The groundbreaking concrete structure is 1,000 feet long and includes an outpost of the North Carolina Aquariums network, with aquariums, displays, programs, fishing classes and more.
4 Outer Banks Fishing Pier
5 Rodanthe Pier
6 Avon Fishing Pier
7 Seaview Fishing Pier
8 Surf City Pier
8 Surf City PierSurf CitySee on map
Originally built in 1948 and owned by the Lore family since 1973, 937-foot Surf City Pier features two large fish-cleaning stations, a grill and ice cream shop, outdoor dining and a Pier Kids program that teaches children about fishing and more.
9 Jolly Roger Fishing Pier
9 Jolly Roger Fishing PierTopsail BeachSee on map
The Jolly Roger includes the 850-foot pier, an oceanfront inn and the waterfront Jolly Roger Grill. Bonus: The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is just 8 miles away.
10 Johnnie Mercers Pier
11 Carolina Beach Fishing Pier
12 Kure Beach Fishing Pier
12 Kure Beach Fishing PierKure BeachSee on map
Built in 1923 and known as the Atlantic Ocean’s oldest pier, Kure Beach Fishing Pier is 711 feet long and features a tackle shop, grill and an arcade with pool table. A license isn't required to fish at this family-friendly pier, but please note alcohol is prohibited.