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 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.