Hyde County is perched on the eastern edge of North Carolina with an aquatic boundary that includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Pamlico Sound, and the Pungo, Alligator, and Long Shoal Rivers. The tranquil, rural landscape of the Mainland is accessible by road and ferry. Here you’ll find lush farms bordered by tall forests, water birds congregated on Lake Mattamuskeet, and brackish creeks meandering to Pamlico Sound.
The Outer Banks are rugged barrier islands that stretch south from the Virginia border along the North Carolina coast. Tucked away between Hatteras Island to the north and the now deserted Portsmouth Island to the south, lies Ocracoke Island. It awes visitors with its many miles of windswept sands, picturesque harbor, and unique shops.
On June 8, 2007, the lifeguarded beach on Ocracoke was named as the Number One Beach in America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, known as “Dr. Beach”.
Both Mainland and Ocracoke have friendly folk, enchanting villages, and unmatched outdoor opportunities. Hyde County is an area rich in history and close connections between its people, land, and water.