Eco-Tourism is BIG in Hyde County on the Inner Banks. Hyde County is home to tens of thousands of acres of protected lands and wetlands provide critical habitat for  two dozen endangered, rare and threatened species including free roaming Red Wolves. Dock your motor boat,  put in a canoe and paddle the water to a slower pace or get on your bikes and listen to the sounds of nature.

swan quarter biking

Swan Quarter National Wildlife Refuge 

North shore of Pamlico Sound east and west of the village of Swan Quarter accessible by boat only except for the Bell Island Unit (2 miles west of Swan Quarter by United States Highway 264) in Hyde County, NC.
Natural History: Most significant feature is an extensive coastal marsh which includes the Swanquarter National Wilderness Area.
Concentrations of diving ducks (lesser scaups, redheads, buffleheads, canvasbacks, and surf scoters), sea ducks, American black ducks, wading birds and shorebirds. Wading bird rookeries, osprey nesting and colonial nesting birds occur.

Nature Conservancy Swan Quarter and Gull Rock  

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge 

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, established in December 1934, includes about 50,000 acres of marshes, woods, and water. The dominant feature is Lake Mattamuskeet, which is 18 miles long, seven miles wide, and a swan’s neck deep. If you are looking for movie theaters, video arcades, amusement park rides, water skiing, speed boating, or other noisy activities, Lake Mattamuskeet is the wrong place for you to visit. There is not something for everyone at Lake Mattamuskeet. However, if you are looking for peace and quite, serene and beautiful surroundings, and unique lessons in American history, you should visit Lake Mattamuskeet. The lake is a special place for those who want to get back to nature and culture, to find solid roots in one of America’s best places, to travel the road less traveled, to experience what most Americans have not found. Lake Mattamuskeet is unique and special. It is the site of America’s most famous pump-supported land reclamation project. It has a history of being the Canada Goose Hunting capitol of the world. It is awesome in size and unsurpassed in beauty.