90 Second Escape: Portsmouth Island

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.
Today’s 90-Second Escape: Portsmouth Island

Through a stroke of good fortune (I forgot to make reservations at Bear Island) we ended up camping over the weekend on Portsmouth Island. Good fortune on a number of fronts.

Portsmouth Island is a 22-mile-long, not-even-a-mile-wide barrier island that runs along North Carolina’s mid-coast, with Ocracoke just to the north, the south core banks to the south. It’s home to Portsmouth Village, a renovation of the Outer Banks village that was last inhabited in 1972. Today, the entire island is the domain of the National Park Service. A ferry from Ocracoke serves the village, another ferry, from Atlantic, serves the cabins, about 17 miles south. The island is popular with saltwater fishermen.

We’ll tell you more about our visit later in the week. For now, a little video that hopefully conveys Portsmouth Island is such a great escape.

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