Designated in 1991 as North Carolina’s first Historic Shipwreck Preserve, the USS Huron lies 250 yards from the beach. During the summer, buoys may mark her bow and stern. A myriad of sea life and remaining portions of the wreck, including boilers, propeller, rudder and cannonball storage racks, make this an interesting destination for divers and snorkelers. Erosion has taken its toll and marine growth covers the site, but the lower hull is well preserved with parts of the bow intact up to the main deck. It is illegal to collect artifacts or disturb this site. If you notice anything unusual, record its location and report it to the local authorities or the N.C. Underwater Archaeology Branch at (910) 458-9042. Follow safe scuba-diving practices and check on conditions with a lifeguard before swimming out to the wreck. Don’t swim or dive alone. There is an informational kiosk about the wreck under a gazebo on the wooden walkway at this public beach access with parking.
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