North Carolina's beach and waterfront access sites are categorized
into four groups: Regional, Neighborhood, Local, and Waterfront. The latest state-wide update of these data began in 2005. The initial data were
collected in 1996.
access sites are generally the largest and often feature restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and ample parking (25+).
sites generally have fewer parking spaces
than regional sites and often do not have facilities such as showers or restrooms.
However, there are exceptions.
sites are often simply dune crossovers with
little or no associated parking and no facilities. However, bicycle racks may be provided.
These are primarily used by pedestrians who reside within a few hundred yards of the site.
sites are generally located on estuarine
waters in urbanized areas. They vary greatly in the amount of parking and facilities
All of the access sites in DCM's GIS database, both the location and attribute
information, were collected by North Carolina Sea Grant and DCM using
mapping grade GPS receivers. This access site database includes only those sites for which
DCM provided funding. There may be other locally funded public access sites that use the
DCM sign but are not shown in our data.
Mapping Tool Instructions:
The interactive access site locator works best with Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). This site will allow you to
interact with and search for specific site types within the Division of Coastal
Management's geographic information systems (GIS) database of coastal public beach and
waterfront access. When you go to the access site page, you will first see a map of the 20
Map Tools Summary:
You can select a county from the dropdown list or zoom in to a specific location using
the "Zoom In" tool.
Once you've zoomed in to a particular area, you can "Zoom," "Pan,"
"Identify" or "Search" for specific access sites.
The "Identify" feature will allow you to click on a particular access site to
see more detailed information; to include site photo and link to Mapquest® for
driving directions to that specific location. Pictures are not currently available for all
sites, so you may only see a representative picture of a similar site.
DISCLAIMER: These data are considered
non-surveyed. Therefore, maps obtained from this web site are to be used for general
information purposes only. These data were collected with mapping grade GPS, however, the
NC Division of Coastal Management does not guarantee accuracy of location or associated
Questions / Comments:
Questions? Comments? Please e-mail DCM to report any errors or
inconsistencies in these data or to provide other comments. If you have questions about a specific site please use the "Identify"
feature and record the "Site ID" number, located at the
bottom of the information table.