Currituck County: Land of the Wild Goose

Currituck County slips southward from the Virginia line like a long, narrow finger surrounded by water. The heavily traveled Caratoke Highway (Highway 168) runs down the spine of the peninsula and is the gateway to the Outer Banks for millions of visitors every year. However, on either side of this Highway lies a beautiful land and pristine waters.

On the east side lies Currituck Sound. There are no inlets to the sea and the Sound is noted for its population of fish and waterfowl. In fact, the sound is on a migration path for ducks, Canada geese, swan and other birds. Dozens of old hunt clubs still dot the tiny islands in the sound. The land of Currituck is just as fertile and fresh produce is abundant in the summer and fall. The mainland, on the western bank, has several small communities. Coinjock is familiar to current day water travelers long the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Others lie along the highway route to the famous Outer Banks – – – one of the nation’s most popular vacation areas. The eastern shore of the Currituck Sound is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a portion of N.C.’s natural Barrier islands.