Where is Belhaven located?
Belhaven is accessible by land via Routes 99 and 264. It is located on the northern shore of the Pungo River, about 8 miles from the Pamlico Sound.
How big is Belhaven?
Belhaven’s town limits are about 2 square miles; about 1,700 residents live in town.
When is the best time to visit?
For a small town, Belhaven has a lot of heart. Its Annual July 4 Parade attracts thousands of visitors. Belhaven also hosts a variety of Christmas events which include the amazing Toy Trains of Belhaven display, lots of activities for children and a Candlelight Tour of Homes. The Intracoastal Waterway Celebration and Chowder Down East is held in October. The town also rallies around other events such as Pirates on the Pungo Sailing Regatta in June. Belhaven is a year-round community with most outdoor activities available from April through November. The winter brings the tundra swans to area lakes and attracts birders and wildlife photographers.
What activities can I do when I visit Belhaven?
All you need is a bike or a good pair of walking shoes to explore Belhaven. Kayak rentals are available at Belhaven Marina on Water Street. Tours of the water tributaries can be scheduled with Machapunga Ecotours. The Belhaven Memorial Museum, featured in the book Weird Carolinas, is open to the public year-round except on Wednesdays and Sundays. In addition we have a unique Rock Museum. A visit to Pantego Academy, just a short drive down the road, is always fun! A public playground is located on a small beach at the Charlie Smith Community Center located at the end of Main Street near the breakwater between the Pantego Creek and Pungo River. In addition, another playground is located on Railroad Street near the ball fields. There are two wildlife refuges near Belhaven, Mattamuskeet Wildlife Refuge and Pocosin Lakes Refuge which are known for their abundant wildlife year round. It’s not unusual to see bears, ducks, deerand other animals almost anytime of the year and Tundra Swan in the winter months. Birdwatchers come from all over to see the swans. Be sure to stop by the Chamber on Water Street to pick up a copy of the Walking Tour of History and Trivia. You’ll enjoy the walk, meet some nice people and learn a lot about the history of our town. We look forward to having you come for a visit!