Atlantic, North Carolina

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Not to be confused with Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

Atlantic is an unincorporated community in eastern Carteret County situated along the Core Sound, located in what was known to early settlers of the area as Hunting Quarters. It is the location of US 70's eastern terminus and the ferry terminal for journeys to North Core Banks in the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The community is located east of the United States Marine Corps installation MCOLF Atlantic which is primarily used for helicopter and aggressor force exercises. The installation sees limited use but is manned around the clock by a security unit from MCAS Cherry Point. Atlantic is home to Luther L. Smith and Son Seafood, the last operating fish house in Atlantic. Drum Inlet Marina, the most suitable location to embark to the outer banks, is a full-service harbor. Commercial fishing has long been the primary means of earning a living in this community.

Atlantic had the first Public High School in Carteret County. It was an incorporated community from 1905 until 1920. It had three different mayors during this time.


  • [1] Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields in SE NC (Since WWII MCOLF Atlantic has been a satellite airfield of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. Though it is not in daily use anymore, it is used on a regular basis for training operations by the Marine Corps and other Military organizations.)

Coordinates: 34°53′06″N 76°20′26″W / 34.88500°N 76.34056°W / 34.88500; -76.34056