Water + Craft


The Albermarle Sound region offers secluded bays, welcoming town harbors, convenient landings and year-round boating options from skinny water creeks to extensive spans of open water. Protected bays and cypress swamps provide ideal paddlesports opportunities. Glide effortlessly along your standup paddleboard (SUP) or fish from your kayak. Catch the wind in your sails on the sound and hop from one inland harbor to another — the options are endless! Check out these resourceful links, services and events to set up a tour, charter a boat, rent a SUP,  fish with a guide, learn about boatbuilding or tackle a trip of your own.

Wide angle view of Edenton Town Harbor, NC



Albemarle Loop

Harbor towns, marinas and an intracoastal welcome center invite cruising enthusiasts to enjoy one of Carolina’s best kept secrets! The service facilities have joined forces to promote the wonderful boating discoveries found along the Albemarle Sound. Many perks including 48-hour FREE slip rental fees, historic sites and walkable shopping excursions. These boutique marinas offer one-of-a-kind boating experiences, friendly service and affordable options. More info.


RIVER_ICONAlbemarle Region Paddling Trails

The regional paddle trails system includes a variety of resources for paddlers and small boat enthusiasts including maps, trail descriptions, access sites and camping platforms. More info.


Join a paddling group! Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department invites paddlers of all levels of experience to spend a leisurely evening kayaking, canoeing and/or paddle boarding each Wednesday. Great way to unwind after the day and meet other paddlers!

tours Albemarle Sound Outer Banks

Roanoke Island Maritime Museum

The museum is located along the historic waterfront in Manteo, NC and is housed in the George Washington Creef Boathouse. The working boathouse continues to restore traditional wooden boats and showcases a variety of styles that represent the region’s rich maritime heritage. The museum also provides educational and interpretive programming, youth sailing classes and Tuesday tours aboard a traditional watercraft. Donations welcomed. More info.


pocket guide to the albermale water + craft

Roanoke River Partners

The non-profit promotes Northeastern NC water trail which offers more than 200 miles of interconnected river and waterways and features riverside camping from just south of the Virginia border all the way to the Albemarle Sound.

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