Stumpy Point, North Carolina

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Stumpy Point, North Carolina
Stumpy Point is located in North Carolina
Stumpy Point
Stumpy Point
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°41′54″N 75°44′27″W / 35.69833°N 75.74083°W / 35.69833; -75.74083Coordinates: 35°41′54″N 75°44′27″W / 35.69833°N 75.74083°W / 35.69833; -75.74083
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyDare County
3 ft (0.9144 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)252

Stumpy Point is an unincorporated community in Dare County, North Carolina, United States.[1] The community is located at the intersection of US 264 and Bayview Drive; along the north side of Stumpy Point Bay. It is surrounded by the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

A post office called Stumpy Point that had been in operation since 1876 closed in 2018 due to lack of PO box holders [2] The community takes its name from Stumpy Point Bay.[3]

The North Carolina Ferry System maintains an emergency ferry terminal at Stumpy Point, used when a hurricane or tropical storm closes North Carolina Highway 12 on the Outer Banks.

The town is mentioned in the sci-fi novel Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, in which the little town is razed sometime in the future to build a spaceport in Pamlico Sound, and the spaceport is unofficially named after Stumpy Point.


  1. ^ "Stumpy Point". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 127.