Black BeardBath’s location and close proximity to the Pamlico Sound and Pamlico River make it a popular destination for boaters and sailors.

Boating is not new to the region, and Bath has a long history as a harbor town. In the early 1700’s, the town served as the first port of entry in North Carolina. Trade in naval stores, tobacco and furs thrived in the region, and by 1707 the first shipyard was established.

Bath is also notorious for being the home of the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Originally born in Bristol, England, Blackbeard would grow up to become one of the most feared and revered pirates. Bath offered a sheltered location, while the barrier islands along the coast offered additional protection. His legacy can still be seen in the town, while many of the waterways that Blackbeard would have traversed on his way out to sea can still be sailed today.

The Inn on Bath Creek is the perfect choice of accommodation for sailing enthusiasts. The State Dock, Harding’s Landing, is conveniently located directly across the street from the Inn. There is no docking fee to use Harding’s Landing.

If you are interested in renting or chartering a boat, the Bath Harbor Marina is a short walk down the road from the Inn. Powerboats and sailboats are both available for rent. Sailing lessons are also available. Experienced sailors can embark on ancient trade routes and follow the Pamlico River all the way up to its mouth.

Contact us today to learn more about the exciting boating opportunities available in Bath!


Kayaking is a popular means of exploring Bath Creek. The easily manoeuvrable nature of the kayaks, as well as their relative speed and stability in the water allows kayakers to venture deeper into North Carolina’s Inner Banks. More experienced kayakers may choose to explore some of the smaller waterways that lead off of Bath Creek, where remote swamplands play host to an array of wildlife.

For kayakers seeking to travel farther afield, there are paddling trails in nearby Goose Creek State Park as well as many other inlets and rivers to explore in the area. Maps of the local waterways are available at the Inn to help you plan a route. Kayaks are available for rent directly from the Inn on Bath Creek. Contact us today to learn more about the exciting kayaking opportunities that are available!