Washington County

Home to its county seat, the city of Plymouth

Information About Washington

Washington County is a county located in the coastal region North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 13,228. The county was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It was named after George Washington.

Tourism

The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the southern part of the county is said to have the best public black bear viewing in NC. This part of the State is known for having the world's largest black bears according to the NC Black Bear Biologist, Colleen Olfenbuttel. The award-winning NC Black Bear Festival takes place in Plymouth on the first weekend in June.

Law and Government

Washington County is a member of the Albemarle Commission regional council of governments.


Washington County is one of the proposed sites for a Navy outlying landing field. This practice airfield would allow pilots to simulate landings on an aircraft carrier. Construction, which hasn't begun yet due to its controversial due to its potential ecological impact.