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
Belhaven is truly a “beautiful harbor” offering the best of all
worlds just waiting to be discovered! Come for a visit soon!
Pantego Academy Historical Museum
Belhaven Yacht Club
River Rat Yacht Club
Goose Creek State Park
Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce
Farm Boys/ Front Porch Restaurant
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