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Outdoor Recreation

Chowan County is located in the northeastern corner of North Carolina in a region where land and water merge. Our region’s connection to water has always been a defining characteristic of life in the community. Nestled between the Chowan and Pasquotank river basins, Chowan County offers the outdoor adventurer a lifetime of opportunities — from fishing and boating to sailing and kayaking. 

Anglers and transient boaters have a number of boat landings and marinas to choose from. Chowan County offers two NC Wildlife Resources Comission public landings. Edenhouse located on the Chowan River features a fishing pier, restrooms, parking and two ramps. Midway Drive provides direct access onto the Albemarle Sound and offers two ramps and parking.

For a small fee, boaters can launch at Edenton Marina, Wharf Landing Marina, or at Pembroke Fishing Center.

Edenton welcomes sailers and pleasure cruisers who set sail on the Albemarle Sound. Edenton Town Harbor is one of nine participating marinas and harbors along the spectacular Albemarle Loop. The 200-mile loop trail links boaters with marinas and historic towns along the protected waters of the sound.

For a good look at the Albemarle Sound, be sure to view the video, “Exploring North Carolina - Circumnavigating The Albemarle Sound.”

Speaking of safe harbors, Edenton’s Town Harbor located along the town’s historic waterfront may be the best place to begin your personal watercraft journey. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and create your own half-day adventure. For longer trips or overnight excursions, check out these paddle trails and camping platforms and these platforms.

We also have plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities on shore including golfing, bird-watching, cycling and walking. During the summer months, come join the locals to cheer on our beloved Edenton Steamers who compete in the Tidewater Summer League Premier Division.


The region boasts three distinct golf courses ranging from links style open fairways to an Arnold Palmer designed collaboration. The popular courses are well maintained, open to the public and can be enjoyed by all levels. Each course shares a beautiful backdrop along the Albemarle Sound. The Links of Mulberry Hill is located approximately 6.5 miles from Edenton.The Sound Golf Links at Albermarle Plantation in Perquimins County and Scotch Hall Preserve in Bertie County are both within a 30-minute drive from downtown Edenton.

Further Explorations

Adventurers of all ages, stages and places frequently establish Edenton as their base camp while exploring the sound country. Nearly 2,000 cyclist wheel into town every three years during Cycle NC’s 4-day coastal ride. Winter birding is world class in northeastern NC and bird-watchers come from all over the country to observe wintering swans, geese and waterfowl at nearby National Wildlife Refuges. Summer guests routinely make the scenic one-hour day trip to the Outer Banks and return to Edenton for a relaxing fuss-free evening.

Others set out for a hike or paddling trip to Goose Creek State Park or Merchants Millpond State Park. Better yet, create your own day outing and explore our neighboring towns. We all share a similar history, culture and beauty. Best of all, our towns along the sound experience some of prettiest sunsets and clear sparkling night skies you'll ever experience!

Come check us out!