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Belhaven is located on the water, where Pantego and Pungo Creeks join the Pungo River. Ten miles from the Pamlico Sound it is conveniently located on the Intracoastal Waterway.  By land, Belhaven is located on HWY 264, an easy two hour drive from the State’s capitol in Raleigh.

Belhaven has become a popular destination for many visitors who enjoy its natural beauty, historic charm and laid back atmosphere.

The town was established in 1899 and its picturesque historic downtown waterfront district is still home to many attractive historic buildings, shops and homes of that era.  A drive down Water and Main Streets will take you to times gone by. The River Forest Manor was constructed in 1899 by John Wilkinson. It is currently undergoing a complete renovation and should re-open sometime in 2016. It is and has always been the “gem” on Belhaven. The Belhaven Museum, described as “somewhere between the Smithsonian and Ripley’s Believe it or Not” is a must see when visiting Belhaven.

Belhaven boasts as being the home of Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003) known by the stage name of Little Eva. She was an American pop singer of the song "Loco-Motion". Belhaven is also the home of Clifford James “CJ” Wilson, who is an American football defensive end for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. Wilson played with the Green Bay Packers when they became Super Bowl XLV Champions. In addition, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway was officially opened in Belhaven at a ceremony on the grounds of the River Forest Manor. Belhaven was officially named the “Birthplace of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway” in 2013. Since that time, the town celebrates this event with the Intracoastal Waterway Festival in the fall. Belhaven will host its 73rd annual July 4th Celebration this year. This two day events attracts visitors from near and far.

In recent years Belhaven has become a dining destination for surrounding cities and towns with the addition of several new restaurants, Spoon River and The Tavern at Jack’s Neck, both featured on NC-Weekend, UNC TV. In addition, Fish Hooks, Georgie’s Sports and Oyster Bar and Gingerbread Bakery and Snack Bar are sure to satisfy any palate. We have several beautiful B & B’s that will cater to your every need: Belhaven Water Street B&B, Bellport Inn, and our newest, Between Water and Main B&B. The River Forest Manor and Marina also has rooms bungalows for rent.

Belhaven is truly a “beautiful harbor” offering the best of all worlds just waiting to be discovered! Come for a visit soon!

Helpful Links:

Belhaven Museum
Pantego Academy Historical Museum
Belhaven Yacht Club
River Rat Yacht Club
IntraCoastal Waterway
Beaufort County
Historic Bath
Hyde County
Goose Creek State Park
Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce


Farm Boys/ Front Porch Restaurant

Fish Hooks

Georgie’s Sports and Oyster Bar

Gingerbread Bakery and O’Neal’s Snack Bar

Spoon River Artworks and Market

The Tavern at Jack’s Neck



Belhaven Area Churches Directory