Belhaven, cuddled in the midst of Pantego Creek and Pungo River, welcomes you to our quaint town. Once known as Jack’s Neck, then Bellport, finally the town became known as Belhaven which means “beautiful harbor”. Belhaven is known for its fine old homes, some of which were built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
One can go, by water, eight miles southeast to Pamlico Sound. From there the Outer Banks of North Carolina lay fifteen miles east. In a normal year, Pungo River and its tributaries and Pamlico Sound and its tributaries, are a sports fisherman’s paradise. There is also an abundance of wildlife in the area including white tail deer, black bear, rabbits, squirrels, quail, swan and most all varieties of ducks and geese. From fishing and hunting, sailing and water sports, the area offers all of this and much, much more. The Atlantic Ocean out of Ocracoke and Oregon Inlets provide a marvelous deep-sea fishing experience.
Every 4th of July since the 1930’s (except during times of war) Belhaven has hosted a huge birthday bash in honor of our nation. The turn of the century City Hall houses a museum that is a “must see”. Also, please visit the Belhaven Community Chamber of Commerce. It is housed in a beautiful old train depot that has been painstakingly renovated.
Belhaven declared itself the “Birthplace of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway” with the concurrence of the “Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, Inc” board of directors. The final missing link in the 1300 mile Maine-to-Florida waterway was a 22 mile cut between the Pungo River and the Alligator River completed in 1928, near Belhaven. An endless parade of vessels travel the Intracoastal Waterway.
The purpose of this site is to inform our citizens of the various services we provide and how to obtain them and to provide others who might be interested in coastal Carolina, a path to the good life.
If a laid back, friendly atmosphere is what you desire, Belhaven and surrounding areas can provide both.