The Town of Beaufort offers plenty of parks and water accesses to be enjoyed by the public. They are:
Derwood’s Landing is at the western end of Broad Street. This park extends to a private boardwalk around a condominium community. The facility consists of a deck with railing and a small floating dock limited to boats under 14 feet. There is no seating, no bike rack, and no designated parking. No fishing is allowed from the dock or the walkway.
Topsail Marine Park is on Taylor’s Creek, on the south side of Front Street at the end of Orange Street. It is a small passive park with benches, a handicapped accessible water fountain, a bike rack and a floating dock for fishing and small boats. It contains one sign, “Public Pier, No Overnight Docking".
Town Docks are docks owned by the Town. These docks are leased and therefore access is restricted to the transient boaters who pay dockage. Public use is limited, as is temporary dingy access for boats anchored in Taylor’s Creek.
The Boardwalk runs along Taylor’s Creek between the docks on the south side and a row of public parking lots interspersed with retail shops, small businesses and restaurants along the north side. The Boardwalk runs from the end of Turner Street to the end of Queen Street. The Beaufort Garden Club maintains seasonal flower pots and holiday arrangements along the Boardwalk.
John Newton Park is a small park under oak trees midway along the Boardwalk. The park is used for various town events including a summer concert series and a Santa’s workshop in the weeks before Christmas. There are multiple benches along the Boardwalk, drinking fountains and trash management bins.
Grayden Paul Park is on Front Street at the end of Pollock Street. This park is on Taylor’s Creek with a bulkhead, an elevated dock, a floating dingy dock and a gazebo. This is the primary dingy dock access to Town for the boats anchored in Taylor’s Creek. There is a walk-in boat launching area appropriate for small boats. There is also angled street parking along Front Street. Several benches, a bike rack, garbage bins and pet mitts are available.
Lynn Eury Park is across from Town Hall east of Grayden Paul Park. There are two picnic tables.
Fishermen’s Park is on Front Street at the end of Gordon Street. This water access area includes a dock, a boat launching area and a storage rack that holds more than 20 small boats. The storage rack is leased on an annual permitting system. There is a street-side bench, picnic table and small sandy beach.
Curtis Perry Park is on Lennoxville Road at the terminus of Front Street. The property is owned by the Town, and is being leased to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission until 2018. This public boat launch and parking area was completely renovated during 2011. In addition to two boat ramps, significant parking for vehicles with boat trailers, a restroom, and water fountains, there are two picnic tables with grills, numerous bench seating, a fishing pier with bench seating and a picnic table, a small passive park and wildflower garden in the water retention swale.
Randolph Johnson Park is on the corner of Pine and Carteret streets. It is a publicly designed and funded playground. The equipment meets the developmental levels of community children of varying ages and abilities. The Park includes three picnic shelters, a gazebo, picnic tables, sand and shell boxes, swing sets, as well as climbing structures for older children. The Park has off-street parking on the west end, a bike rack, running water at the group picnic shelter, and a white fence surrounding. Shade trees have been planted.
Basketball and tennis courts have been built at the intersection of Cedar, Carteret, and Hedrick streets. Lighting has been installed.
Beaufort’s Bicycle Route
is fairly clearly marked for a 6-mile loop through the town passing through the historic district, along the waterfront to Ocean Street, through to the new Basketball and Tennis Courts, past Randolph Johnson Park, crossing Lennoxville Road and winding through residential neighborhoods to the Carteret County Public Library. From the Library, the route crosses over Highway 70, passing Beaufort Middle School and Beaufort Elementary School before turning left on 101 briefly and back to the right onto West Beaufort Road. The loop closes after turning onto Turner Street and regaining the historical district by crossing back over Hwy 70 as it comes through Town on Cedar Street.
Additional Public Facilities accessible to the Town of Beaufort include:
North Carolina Maritime Museum’s patio features a paving stoned area with several benches, attractive plants, bike rack, garbage and recycling bins. This area is maintained by State maintenance staff and volunteer gardeners. The area is used for public events during significant festivals in the Town, as well as free public programs throughout the warmer weather months.
Freedom Park is managed by Carteret County Parks and Recreation and features large open playing fields, sports-specific areas for baseball, soccer, football, and a basketball court. There is a large modern children’s play equipment area, benches for parents, drinking fountains, two sets of restroom facilities, and a five-table picnic pavilion. The park and sports-specific playing fields are equipped with lights for nighttime use. There are plenty of areas for walking, running, and leisure activities. A seasonally active osprey nest is established in the center of the park.
Beaufort Housing Authority has provided two basketball courts and one area of childrens play equipment. The basketball court at the east end of 2nd Street has been recently resurfaced.