What to do in Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area

This area is a haven for wildlife including birds, crabs and snails. Naturalists and photographers return each year to view the unique beauty. Theodore Roosevelt State Natural Area was donated to the state by the family of the 26th President.

An admission fee is charged and the center is open all year. Call (919) 247-4003 for more information.

Park Hours: Same as the NC Aquarium, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday.

The main feature of the area is the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Wonderful interpretive programs on the coastal environment are presented daily. The center has aquariums, touch tables, exhibits, films and other special programs. Interesting hurricane destruction photos offer a bit of history. The dark cool atmosphere makes for a wonderful afternoon if the weather is rainy or when the sun is blistering.

There is a 0.5 mile long trail through the rare remnants of the original maritime forest. Shrub and forest communities on the natural dune and swale topography slopes off to the marsh areas along Bogue Sound. There is a trail brochure available.

There are three picnic tables located between the parking lots. Wheelchair access is only available at the NC Aquarium and not into the Natural Area.

South of Morehead City across Bogue Sound and seven miles south of Atlantic Beach on SR 1201.

Winter daytime temperatures average above 44 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures range above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 48 to 52 inches (122 to 132 centimeters).

P.O. Box 127
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Phone: 252-726-3775

Fax: 252-726-2497

Email: ftmacon@nternet.net
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