Cultural Assets

First explored by Europeans in 1584, and inhabited by Native Americans for over 10,000 years, the North Carolina coastal plain has a rich and varied history and cultural. In addition, due to its abundance of natural resources, much of its area is protected through a system of National Wildlife Refuges as well as other conservation arrangement.

This map, developed with support from North Carolina Land of Water (NC LOW), features (1) the Charles Kuralt Trail, comprising 12 National Wildlife Refuges and one National Fish Hatchery; (2) the Outer Banks Heritage Trails, which includes cultural trails, a lighthouse trail, a local seafood trail, and paddle trails; (3) the Sounds Discovery Trail, comprising a tour of 28 historical and cultural sites in northeastern North Carolina; and (4) a layer locating sites on the National Register of Historic Places.