Pine Knoll Shores

Find Paradise at Pine Knoll Shores

Nestled between Bogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, the seaside town of Pine Knoll Shores is one of the best places to spend sunny days in North Carolina. When we say Pine Knoll Shores is a slice of paradise, we mean it both figuratively and literally. From a bird's-eye view, this town is simply a strip of land wedged between two big bodies of water—but when you take a closer look at street level, you'll suddenly understand the real definition of paradise.  

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Pine Knoll Shores at a Glance

Quick Facts

Population: 1,345
County: Carteret
Zip Codes: 28512
Median Home Value: $526,000

Travel & Commute

Morehead City: 15 mins
Atlantic Beach: 10 mins
Emerald Isle: 20 mins
Coastal Carolina Regional Airport: 1 hour

Pine Knoll Shores Attractions

Everything You'll LOVE in Pine Knoll Shores

Seaside adventures 

Whether it be surfing the waves on one of Pine Knoll Shores' white-sand beaches or taking a scenic stroll along one of the town's nature trails, there are countless ways to explore this community's seaside landscape. On any given day, you can soak up the sun at a public beach access, or could see what bites your line at the nearby Sound Side Pier. Prefer a faster pace? The Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area features a rigorous trail that runs alongside dunes and marshes for more than a mile. And if you want a closer look at the area's wildlife, then you have to venture down the Alice Hoffman Nature Trail. 

Awe-inspiring attractions 

Pine Knoll Shores is home to one of North Carolina's state aquariums, which serves as the town's top tourist attraction. Here, you can see thousands of rare aquatic animals from around the globe, all in a single day's visit. The aquarium offers an all-around immersive experience, through which you can explore shipwrecks, touch stingrays, and come in close contact with the sea's most mystical creatures. Golf may be a long game, but we guarantee you'll want to extend your 18 holes when you play a round at Crystal Coast Country Club. Bordering the Bogue Sound, this semi-private golf course features breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and an overall premier golf experience. 

Specialized schools 

Did you know that buying a home in a highly rated school district can actually help increase your property values over time? Luckily, Pine Knoll Shores students attend Carteret County Public Schools, which serves as an exemplary school district in the area. The district is comprised of 10 elementary schools, six middle schools, and three high schools, plus an early college high school. Located on the campus of Carteret Community College, the early college high school's curriculum is anchored by marine science and technology. 

Local eats

A short drive down Salter Path Road will take you to some of the best restaurants along Bogue Banks. Dining at Clam Digger Restaurant is considered a tradition on the Crystal Coast, where you can order Calabash-style seafood specials. And if you need a new weekend hangout spot, then you can savor craft cocktails with ocean views at the adjacent Cutty Sark lounge. Adorned with old wood paneling and deep-seated booths, On The Rocks mixes its locally famous cocktails with just the right amount of nostalgia. This old-fashioned seafood joint serves freshly-caught seafood plus perfectly-cooked steaks. 

Discover Your Perfect Place in Pine Knoll Shores

There's nowhere quite like Pine Knoll Shores and its one-of-a-kind adventures. So if you're looking for a place to settle down, we've got a few recommendations! Contact the Hunt for Homes Team to learn more about living in Pine Knoll Shores—and we'd be more than happy to schedule a showing of your favorite homes.

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