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Southeast Region

This 12-county region provides direct access to much of the North Carolina beachfront.  Home to three U.S. military bases, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune and the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, together comprising the largest employer east of Interstate 95, the Southeast region has a deeply-rooted history of honor and pride.  The communities in this region have been actively revitalizing their downtowns for more than 30 years, and that has resulted in vibrant districts where people live, work, play, and explore beautifully renovated buildings and walkable streetscapes that draw visitors.  The downtown districts also boast some of the state’s finest chefs preparing regional cuisine, including Eastern North Carolina style barbecue, Calabash style seafood, North Carolina oysters, and the fresh catch of the day.  Pepsi-Cola was invented in this region, so kick back and have a soft drink.  The Southeast region has a rich railroad and cargo shipping history, agricultural base, boating culture, and is a nature’s playground for rest, relaxation, and entertainment by the water.  The region also serves as the backdrop for many film and television shows.  Explore the Cape Lookout National Seashore and Tryon Palace, the first capital of the Colony of North Carolina; follow the NC Oyster Trail; and experience beach music and the jazz, blues, and gospel sounds of the African American Music Trail.  There is much to discover.  The Southeast region is calling you.

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Southeast Goldsboro

1. Goldsboro

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1984

Wayne County

Downtown Goldsboro

100 N. Center Street

Goldsboro, NC 27533


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Southeast New Bern

3. New Bern

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1980

Craven County

Downtown New Bern

230 Middle Street

New Bern, NC 28560


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Southeast Kinston

2.  Kinston

NC Main Street Designation Year:  1986

Lenoir County

Downtown Kinston

200 N. Queen Street

Kinston, NC 28501


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Southeast Morehead City

4. Morehead City

NC Main Street Designation Year: 2000

Carteret County

Downtown Morehead City

601 Evans Street

Morehead City, NC 28557


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African American Music Trails

African American Music Trails takes you through the rural landscape of Eastern North Carolina where green tobacco fields and historic tobacco warehouses dot the landscape. As you travel through the region, experience the passion of the region’s gospel, blues, R&B, jazz, funk and hip hop that enrich North Carolina and help define American music for the world.

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Croatan National Forest

The Croatan National Forest is a U.S. National Forest, it was established on July 29, 1936, and is located on the Atlantic coast of North Carolina. It is administered by the United States Forest Service, a part of the United States Department of Agriculture. The forest is managed together with the other three North Carolina National Forests from common headquarters in Asheville, North Carolina. However, Croatan has a local ranger district office in New Bern.

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Morehead City Fish Walk

The Fish Walk is comprised of a dozen bas relief sculptures which have a decidedly fish theme and subject matter, and which were created by Willie Baucom and Keith Lambert – two artists who specialize in sculpture and who have a hometown gallery in neighboring Beaufort. Both artists are well known in the region and around the world for their unique works in marble, stoneware, pottery, and paint, and they have been featured in a number of private and public collections both close to home and internationally. Keith is the only artist in the states to win the International Painting Competition in Beaufort-en-Valle, France. 

Mountains to Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a simple footpath stretching almost 1,200 miles across North Carolina from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.  More than just a walk in the woods, the trail traces the diversity that is North Carolina. Experience ancient mountains and small Piedmont farms, coastal swamps and colonial towns, changing textile villages and barrier islands. Almost 700 miles of footpath are now completed. With temporary routes on backroads and bicycle paths, hikers can now follow the trail on an adventure across North Carolina.

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NC Birding Trail

The North Carolina Birding Trail serves as a driving trail to link birders and nature-based tourists with great birding sites across the state and the local communities in which they are found.

Each of our locations are their own entities. From state parks, to greenways, to arboretums, to game lands, our sites are each their own prime spots for engaging with nature.

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NC Scenic Byway

North Carolina's 61 scenic byways allow motorists to experience a bit of the state's history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures.  Travelers can get to know North Carolina's people and communities and see the diverse beauty the Tar Heel state has to offer – from the high peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the fertile hills of the Piedmont to the marshes, sounds and beaches of the coast.

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New Bern Self Guided Tour

The rich history of New Bern comes to life with our Historic Heritage Walking Tours – a series of self-guided tours you can take at your own pace. Experience our war-ridden past, explore the architectural beauty of our homes and immerse yourself in our Southern hospitality.


Current Tours:

African American Tour, Architectural Walking Tour, Bear Town Bears, Churches & Cemeteries Tour, Civil War Tour, Historic Homes Tour. Revolutionary War Tour, Spring Homes & Garden Tour, A Walk To Remember Tour

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