Explore the best boating communities in North Carolina

North Carolina Boating Communities

With hundreds of free boating access areas and over 5,000 miles of boat accessible waters, the Tar Heel State is a boater's paradise. North Carolina boating communities occupy coastal, mountain, and lake regions of the state. There are communities for all boating lifestyles, whether you enjoy boating on the ocean, rivers, or lakes. Some offer marinas and boat services, while others provide the convenience of living on the water. Explore these waterfront communities and find homes with boat slips in North Carolina.

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Albemarle Plantation

Hertford, North Carolina Boating Community
Hertford, North Carolina

A scenic Dan Maples signature golf course and a 166-slip deepwater marina highlight this gated waterfront community in the Albemarle Sound region of northeastern North Carolina. Choose from a selection of homes, townhomes and condos priced from $122,900 to $775,000; Lots from $29,500 to $439,000. Read More...

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Avalon

Waynesville, North Carolina Boating Community
Waynesville, North Carolina

This gated mountain community is an outdoor recreation paradise conveniently located 10 minutes from Waynesville and 25 minutes from Asheville, NC. The six-acre community park offers hiking trails, a trout-stocked fishing pond, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, and fire pits. A mountain boardwalk overlooking Crabtree Valley is planned. Fly fishing, white water rapids, and hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains are just outside the gates. Lots priced from the $90,000s to the $300,000s; Homes from the $500,000s to $1.5 million. Read More...


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Bear Lake Reserve

Tuckasegee, North Carolina Boating Community
Tuckasegee, North Carolina

This lakefront mountain resort community features a Nicklaus Design golf course, a lake club with pools, restaurant and fitness center, tennis courts, a 500-acre private lake, an outdoor events amphitheater, and miles of scenic hiking trails and fly fishing. Located along one of the last undeveloped lakes in Western North Carolina, near Cashiers. Craftsman-style cottages, custom homes, villas and mountain lodges are priced from the high $200,000s to $4 million; Lots priced from the low $100,000s to the high $500,000s. Read More...

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Brunswick Forest

Leland, North Carolina Boating Community
Leland, North Carolina

Located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington, Brunswick Forest offers a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles. Amenities include 18 holes of championship golf at Cape Fear National®, a Clubhouse, Town Creek River Launch , Fitness & Wellness Center, parks, natural areas and more than 100 miles of pathways linking residences and amenities. Lots priced from the $80,000s to $250,000; Townhomes, Cottages, Villas and Single-Family Homes priced from the $300,000s to the $800,000s. Read More...

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Connestee Falls

Brevard, North Carolina Boating Community
Brevard, North Carolina

For over four decades, Connestee Falls has offered scenic mountain real estate and single-family homes for sale in a gated Blue Ridge Mountain community with golf, tennis, lakes, waterfalls, hiking trails and other active lifestyle amenities. Homesites are priced from about $10,000 to $99,900; Single-family homes from $125,000 to $1 million. Read More...


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Crow Creek

Calabash, North Carolina Boating Community
Calabash, North Carolina

This golf community is located on North Carolina's southern coast, 20 minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC and 45 minutes from Wilmington, NC. The community offers easy access to Sunset Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, where residents enjoy boating and fishing. Social and recreational opportunities can be found at the Amenity Center, including a fitness center, library, game room, swimming pool, and tennis courts. Choose from a selection of custom homes, cottagesand condos priced from $130,000 to $425,000 and up; Lots from $29,900 to $129,000; resales available. Read More...


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Cullowhee River Club

Cullowhee, North Carolina Boating Community
Cullowhee, North Carolina

Located next to Western Carolina University, on the banks of the Tuckasegee River this residential and recreational community offers something for everyone. Residents will have access to a variety of amenities, the endless hiking and biking trails of 3 Blue Ridge Mountain national parks just minutes away, and the cultural attractions of Asheville (less than an hour’s drive.) Cabins and cottages priced from the mid $300,000s+ Read More...

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Del Webb Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina Boating Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

This new Del Webb community offers an active lifestyle in the coastal retirement destination of Wilmington, North Carolina. Modern amenities are designed for 55+ residents, including an amenity center, swimming pools, fitness center, trails, tennis, pickleball, and bocce. Part of the RiverLights master-planned community, residents have access to a lake, parks, shopping and dining, and a marina village on the Cape Fear River. Homes priced from $249,990 to $344,990. Read More...

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Mount Holly, North Carolina Boating Community
Mount Holly, North Carolina

This Charlotte, North Carolina-area active adult community offers lakefront living on the shoreline of the Mountain Island Lake peninsula. Amenities will include a clubhouse, fitness center, art studios, swimming pool, walking & biking trails, a dog park, and courts for tennis and pickleball. Homes priced from $294,000 to $460,000. Read More...


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Landfall

Wilmington, North Carolina Boating Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

This established Wilmington, North Carolina country club community is situated just west of the Intracoastal Waterway, five minutes from Wrightsville Beach. A long list of amenities is topped by 45 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. Lots are priced from about $175,000 to $1.5 million; Homes, Condos and Townhomes are priced from about $300,000 to $3.5 million. Read More...

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Porters Neck Plantation

Wilmington, North Carolina Boating Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

Located 4 miles from the scenic port city of Wilmington, North Carolina, Porters Neck Plantation encompasses 675 acres of coastland adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. With a Tom Fazio 18-hole championship course, ranked “Number #1 on the North Carolina Coast” by Golf Digest, the community also offers tennis, swimming pools, a sports center, dining and social activities in a family-oriented atmosphere. Lots are priced from $120,000 to $315,000; Patio Homes, Custom and Resale Homes from the $275,000 to $849,000. Read More...


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RiverLights

Wilmington, North Carolina Boating Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, NC’s newest coastal community is set along the Cape Fear River and is located less than 5 miles from historic downtown Wilmington and 12 miles from area beaches. The community features a 38-acre fresh water lake for non-motorized boats, miles of multi-use trails with a waterfront boardwalk, 8+ parks and open spaces, public day docks, a separate 55+ active adult community with private amenities, and Marina Village that will include local flavors. New townhomes priced from the low $300,000s to the mid $400,000s; New homes priced from the mid $200,000s to the low $600,000s. Read More...


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RiverSea Plantation

Bolivia, North Carolina Boating Community
Bolivia, North Carolina

This coastal North Carolina gated community offers an active lifestyle in a location convenient to the attractions of Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, miles of walking trails, and a boat ramp offering quick access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. Lots priced from $14,000 to $149,000; homes from $250,000 to $650,000; Courtyard/Patio Villas from $250,000 to $300,000. Read More...


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St. James Plantation

Southport, North Carolina Boating Community
Southport, North Carolina

Located on the Intracoastal Waterway, along the North Carolina coast near Wilmington and Southport, St. James Plantation offers numerous amenities: four championship Audubon-Certified golf courses, private beach club, full-service marina village, tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness centers, waterfront park, over 15 miles of walking and biking trails and 500 acres of nature preserves. Lots priced from $55,000 to $500,000; Condos and Townhomes from the high $100,000s to over $300,000; Custom Homes from $270,000 to over $1.5 million. Read More...

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Trilogy® Lake Norman

Denver, North Carolina Boating Community
Denver, North Carolina

Trilogy® Lake Norman is a new gated and master-planned 55+ retirement community about half an hour northwest of downtown Charlotte. The community will combine resort-like social and recreational amenities with a selection of new homes for sale near Lake Norman and Interstate 77. Homes priced from the $270,000s to the $550,000s. Read More...

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Waterford of the Carolinas

Wilmington, North Carolina Boating Community
Wilmington, North Carolina

Located along the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, Waterford of the Carolinas offers the best of coastal and city living. Resort-style amenities coupled with immediate access to downtown Historic Wilmington and Atlantic beaches give residents ample room to relax and explore. Most of the homes and lots are lakefront or offer water views. Lots priced from $59,900 to $269,900; Homes from $239,900 to $499,900. Read More...

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Winding River Plantation

Bolivia, North Carolina Boating Community
Bolivia, North Carolina

This award winning master-planned community offers a waterfront club lifestyle with a 27-hole Fred Couples Signature Golf Course, tennis, swimming, deep water marina for boating and fishing, and more. The community is just 30 minutes from Wilmington, NC and one hour from Myrtle Beach, SC. Lots priced from $12,000 to $300,000; Homes, Townhomes, Villas & Condos priced from $100,000 to $1 million. Read More...


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