About Emerald Isle, North Carolina

About Emerald Isle, North Carolina
The coastal town of Emerald Isle is on the Bouge Banks barrier island in North Carolina's Outer Banks region. Emerald Isle is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.


Seven investors bought the 13 miles of the island in 1951 from Anita Maulik, a Philadelphia resident. The land cost $350,000, and the investors named it Emerald Isle.

Water Sports

Water sports abound in Emerald Isle. Kayak and boat rentals are available. Fishing, surfing and sailing are popular activities. Several dive centers offer expeditions to shipwrecks.


Emerald Isle has a 2-mile-long bike path that goes through wooded and grassy areas. All riders must stay to the right, except when passing another rider.


Emerald Isle has eight public parks; some have picnic tables and bike racks. Other parks have kayak-launching ramps, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, floating docks and charcoal grills.

Beach Access/Wooden Walkways

Public beach access is available at several locations, including one specifically for handicapped visitors. Emerald Isle has 56 wooden walkways that lead to the beaches and go across the sand dunes.

Article Written By Ellen Kendall

Ellen Kendall has 15 years of writing and editing experience. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. Her book contributions include biographies and multi-cultural and Holocaust lesson plans. She has previously served as a real estate broker and interior designer and taught ESL in Korea and at Duke.

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