Roanoke Sound

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Roanoke Sound

The Roanoke Sound is an estuary that separates the central Outer Banks from Roanoke Island in North Carolina. The original name for the sound was Sea of Rawnocke (Roanoke), and later appeared on maps as the Roanoka Sound. It was first discovered in 1580 by English Settlers, and has never lost its popularity since then.

Oregon Inlet

The Oregon Inlet is part of the Roanoke sound, and joins the sound to the Atlantic Ocean. It also connects to the Pamlico sound which is only a few miles south of the Roanoke sound. It was created in 1846 by a massive storm that went through the area, and a ship became stuck in the partially formed body of water. It was named the Oregon Inlet because of the name of the ship that was pulled out, and it has stayed the same ever since.

Croatan Sound

This estuary is attached to the Roanoke Sound and separates the mainland from nearby towns including Dare County and Manns Harbor. It is one of the most deep and least salty sounds on the North Carolina Coast.

Roanoke Island

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Bodie Island

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