What’s So Special About North Carolina’s Oysters?
Savoring the NC Oyster Trail

The Trail includes over 75 members across the state that offer a wide variety of shellfish tourism experiences. Along the Trail, you can find seafood restaurants and markets, shellfish farm tours, recreational and educational activities, and special events highlighting N.C. oysters.

Oyster farming is hard work, but rewarding

Katherine McGlade loves oysters. In fact, she likes them so much that she left her successful environmental consulting business to pursue oyster farming.

Farm Fresh ~ Ghost Fleet Oyster Co.

Cody and Rachel Faison are farming oysters to reap a harvest they can sell. But that’s only one aspect of their Ghost Fleet Oyster Co. farm in Hampstead, North Carolina.

North Carolina’s Oysters Come Out of Their Shell

In the tradition of wine and ale trails, the state’s oyster trail aims to give the farmed shellfish industry a needed boost.

Check out the living shoreline that helps stop erosion

NC Coastal Federation set up a “living shoreline” in Carolina Beach state park in 2015, and holds occasional events to maintain the structure.

Oyster trail designed to protect threatened industry

New trail along North Carolina coastline includes oyster farms, seafood markets, restaurants and educational sites.

New program aims to boost NC’s growing oyster industry

The oyster industry in North Carolina has grown dramatically in recent years, and now a new program will look to not only help bolster future wild oyster numbers, it will also benefit oyster growers in the state.

How to Explore the NC Oyster Trail (10+ Adventurous Ways!)

There are multiple ways to experience this fantastic trail, and we’ve created this guide to help you explore it, along with some helpful info about the NC oyster industry.

Durham chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox wins James Beard Award

Durham chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint, one of our trail members, is a 2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Southeast.

Bill would fund efforts to support growing shellfish industry

Legislation introduced last week would fund numerous projects to protect coastal water quality to the tune of $8.5 million. Of that, $1 million is to match a federal grant for oyster sanctuary development, which is seen as key to growing oyster populations, improving water quality and supporting the shellfish industry.
NC Oyster Tour/Tasting

Shellfish Farm Tours: NC Oyster Trail Spring Newsletter

It's the perfect time of year for a coastal culinary adventure!

What are the Wilmington-area stops on the Trail?

The idea is to help people learn where they can eat oysters, tour a shellfish farm, or even volunteer to support the industry. But what does that look like in Southeastern North Carolina? Here are some of the places on the map in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.  
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