Fishing, Dining and More on North Carolina Ocean Piers
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
1 Avalon Fishing PierKill Devil HillsSee on map
Avalon Pier is 696 feet long and, like most North Carolina piers, features a full tackle shop, bait, rentals and snacks. Its irreverent website is packed with information about fishing and more at the popular pier.
2 Nags Head Fishing Pier
2 Nags Head Fishing PierNags HeadSee on map
At 750 feet, Nags Head Fishing Pier is one of our state’s longest and oldest piers. With pretty ocean views, Pier House Restaurant – “You Hook ‘Em, We Cook ‘Em” – is definitely a highlight.
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
4 Outer Banks Fishing PierNags HeadSee on map
Fishing Unlimited’s 600-foot pier is the closest pier to fabled Oregon Inlet. Along with a full tackle shop, there’s a popular and tasty oceanfront grill.
5 Rodanthe Pier
5 Rodanthe PierRodantheSee on map
With repairs and additions making it better than ever, 700-foot Rodanthe Pier on Hatteras Island remains a classic Outer Banks fishing pier.
6 Avon Fishing Pier
6 Avon Fishing PierAvonSee on map
Also situated on Hatteras Island, Avon Fishing Pier is about 600 feet long. Anglers aren't required to buy a license to cast a line for red drum and other fish here. Visit the Pier House store for supplies, snacks and souvenirs.
7 Seaview Fishing Pier
7 Seaview Fishing PierNorth Topsail BeachSee on map
Once known as Salty’s Pier, 1,000-foot, family-owned and -operated Seaview Fishing Pier features a full-service pier store and a popular restaurant where they’ll cook your caught and cleaned catch.
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
10 Johnnie Mercers Pier
10 Johnnie Mercers PierWrightsville BeachSee on map
This iconic 1,200-foot pier offers a full tackle shop, snack bar and game area. It's the only concrete fishing pier in North Carolina and features beautiful views right in the heart of Wrightsville Beach.
11 Carolina Beach Fishing Pier
11 Carolina Beach Fishing PierCarolina BeachSee on map
Located at the northern end of Carolina Beach, this 700-foot pier features a small restaurant and a tackle shop with a variety of tackle and baits.
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.
13 Oak Island Fishing Pier
13 Oak Island Fishing PierOak IslandSee on map
Oak Island Fishing Pier has a full-service pier, and at 27 feet high, it’s currently the tallest ocean fishing pier in North Carolina.
14 Ocean Crest Pier
14 Ocean Crest PierOak IslandSee on map
Family-owned 893-foot Ocean Crest Pier features a full-service tackle shop and is conveniently flanked by Ocean Crest Motel to the east and Island Way Restaurant & Bar to the west.
15 Holden Beach Fishing Pier
15 Holden Beach Fishing PierHolden BeachSee on map
Situated in the heart of quiet Holden Beach, the 700-foot pier features live bait, a tackle and gift shop, and grill and snack bar. Alcohol is neither sold nor permitted on this pier.
16 Ocean Isle Beach Pier
photo: Brunswick County TDA
16 Ocean Isle Beach PierOcean Isle BeachSee on map
This 968-foot pier has a tackle shop, a grill, and a game room for kids and kids at heart.
17 Sunset Beach Fishing Pier
photo: Brunswick County TDA
17 Sunset Beach Fishing PierSunset BeachSee on map
The island’s 900-foot pier includes a fully stocked tackle shop and convenience store, billiards, and a bar and grill. It’s North Carolina's southernmost ocean fishing pier.
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Updated May 5, 2020