The Mannon C. Gore Bridge is the only bridge that connects the main land to the island at Sunset Beach, North Carolina. This bridge replaced the pontoon swing bridge that was in place from 1958-2010.
A boat travelling on the Intracoastal Waterway passes under the bridge.
Passing Under the Bridge
The Intracoastal Waterway runs all the way from Winyah Bay to Cape Fear River but really the Intracoastal Waterways run all up and down the East Coast. This 3,000 mile inland waterway consists of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, sounds and canals. In Sunset Beach, the Intracoastal waterway splits the town in half. A nice park allows a peaceful view of the waterway.
Pair of Swings
A Quiet Swing by the Intracoastal
With many boats already in the water at the Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Beach, North Carolina, this boat is still dry
A boat’s wake leaves designs in the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Wake Designs by the Docks
Docks are lined up along the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach., North Carolina
Docks on the Intracoastal Waterway
These homes on Sunset Beach, North Carolina are surrounded by water – Atlantic Ocean on the far side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the near side
Surrounded by Water
A marshy landscape around the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A Marshy Landscape
A bench to enjoy the view of the Mannon C Gore Bridge and boats traversing the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach, North Carolina
Bench View – Gore Bridge at Sunset Beach
A boat ramp under the Mannon C. Gore Bridge in Sunset Beach invites boaters to explore the Intracoastal Waterway
Invitation to Launch
A swing ideally located to view on a cloudy day the Intracoastal Waterway at Sunset Beach, North Carolina
A Swing with a View
Sunset Beach, North Carolina is the last developed Atlantic Ocean beach before the South Carolina border. One-third of the town’s area occupies a barrier island between the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway; the remainder of the town extends onto the mainland to the north.
Visitors to coastal North Carolina will most likely cross the Intracoastal Waterway during some portion of their expedition, and there’s a good chance that they’ll cross this massive water route multiple times. Extending all the way from the northern region of the country to the Gulf Coast, the waterway, which began as an essential trade route for shipping companies, is now more commonly used as a recreational trail for North Carolina sailors and boaters who want to explore the depth of the East Coast without straying too far from the Atlantic beaches.
A Bend in the Intracoastal Waterway