Water Access & Parks

Town of Emerald Isle Paid Parking

For 2021, paid parking at both the Western and Eastern Ocean Regional accesses is being contracted through NCParkingCo. 

Paid parking runs seven days a week from April 1 - Sept. 30, 2021, and the hours are from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. The cost will be on a sliding scale from $2-$4 an hour, depending on the time of the season. The maximum a vehicle will pay for the day is $16. 

Questions and citation payments should be directed to NCParkingCo. 

If there is an issue, you can call the company at 910-515-8825. To pay or appeal a citation, visit ncparkingco.rmcpay.com

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Emerald Isle's public accesses and parks have a wealth of amenities for the public. From picnic pavilions and kayak launches, to volleyball courts and playgrounds, our park system offers numerous opportunities for your family.

Emerald Isle's public accesses and parks are maintained by the Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Department.

General Rules

Reservations for the parks are not required; first-come, first-serve only. All public water accesses are governed by the ordinances and general safety precautions you see here. All park hours are sunrise to sunset, and overnight parking is prohibited. Alcohol is prohibited in all town parks. 

All holes that are dug on the beach must be filled in before you leave. Sea turtles become trapped in holes, and emergency responders are hindered when on foot and in their vehicles. 


Alesia Sanderson
7500 Emerald Drive

Public Accesses and Parks

Public Water Accesses


Western Ocean Regional Access - WORA

Located 0.4 miles from the B. Cameron Langston Bridge, at 9803 Louise Avenue, off Islander Drive and beside Queen’s Court Condominiums.  Home of Emerald Isle’s Summer Concert Series. ​More info

Eastern Ocean Regional Access - EORA

 Located 6.4 miles from the B. Cameron Langston Bridge, at 2701 Emerald Drive, between Pier Point and Ocean Reef condominiums at 2701 Emerald Drive. More info

NC Wildlife Resources Commission Boat Launching Facility Emerald Isle

The facility is located on Bogue Sound at 6800 Emerald Drive near mile marker 18 on NC 58 (adjacent to Chapel By The Sea).  The facility includes  4 launching ramps and parking for 112 vehicle / trailer combinations, and a separate parking lot with 18 single vehicle spaces.  The new facility is managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and is open 24/7/365.  There is no fee to launch a boat. More info

Other Accesses


Blue Heron Park

Community park for the whole family.  Located behind the Police Department at 7500 Emerald Drive, and adjacent to Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Community Center. More info

Cedar Street Park

Sound side access located at the end of Cedar Street. More info

Emerald Isle Woods Park

41-Acre park located at 9404 Coast Guard Road off of Coast Guard Road,turn right just after reaching Deer Horn Dunes. More info



Ocean Oaks Park

Located just off Coast Guard Road at the intersection of Pinewood Place and Ocean Oaks Drive in the Ocean Oaks subdivision. More info

Park Street

Sound side access with a pier and small sandy area at low tide.  Great for launching a kayak or windsurfing.  Located across the street from the Eastern Ocean Regional Access.  No parking is available at this location.  Users are asked to drop off equipment and park at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access. More info

Station Street Park

Located at 11001 Terrell Horne III Way (corner of Station St/Terrell Horne III Way & Coast Guard Road).  A short ¼ mile walk to the beach and our infamous “Point”.  Take Station Street to Channel Drive to reach the beach. More info

Third Street Park

Located on Ocean Drive and accessible from First and Fifth Street. More info

Bike Path

The Emerald Path extends approximately 11 miles from the Indian Beach town limits all the way to The Point at Bogue Inlet. The path winds through grassy areas along Coast Guard Road to Loon Drive, snakes through wooded areas from Loon Drive to the Welcome Center, meanders through the downtown district and passes the Municipal Complex at Black Skimmer Drive and ends at the eastern town limits.  The bike path provides an alternative means of transportation to key destinations in Town, as well as provides an additional recreational opportunity in Emerald Isle.  The path was constructed with NCDOT Enhancement assistance. More info