"Free Ferry" Knotts Island by grandmaR

Knotts Island Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 28 photos

Just south of Virginia Beach across the NC border is Knott's Island & Mackey Island which are mostly water, swamp and pine & oak trees. Most of the land around Knott's Island is in the Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge office is located in North Carolina, one mile south of the Virginia state line on NC Route 615. To reach the refuge, take the free Currituck Sound Ferry in Currituck, NC on Route 168. The ferry lands at NC Route 615 at the south end of Knotts Island. Travel approximately 8.1 miles north to the refuge office.

This ferry is also used by the high school and middle school students to get to school.

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge was established on Knotts Island in 1960 as a winter haven for migratory birds. In the winter, the refuge focuses on marsh and water management to provide food for thousand of swans, ducks, and geese inhabitants. In the spring, the refuge opens its trail system for visitors to view the huge variety of watebirds and songbirds.

Although we drove along through the refuge, these gulls were the only birds we really saw.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Undeveloped
  • Cons:Secondary School Students go to school on the mainland
  • In a nutshell:Free Ferry Terminus
  • Last visit to Knotts Island: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 21, 2005
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  • Jun 18, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Caught the Ferry as an adventure despite what GmaR said. The signs pic was incredibly irrelevant, entrance was very clear. The Ferry runs out of Knotts Island on even hours... We caught it five minutes before noon. A great one hour ride!


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