Considered the unofficial sailing capital of North Carolina, it should come as no surprise that many of the popular parks and sporting activities in Oriental and Pamlico County, NC. revolve around water. Nearly every town in Pamlico County offers a boat launching ramp and bicycle routes are marked along mainly flat highways. The small public beach in Oriental is open to swimmers and a walking group invites all levels of walkers twice weekly starting from Lou Mac park on the public waterfront. Such planned events as rowing in the annual Dragon Boat competition and various boat races and regattas are announced well in advance and registration is open to all.