River Dunes is uniquely located on a 1,324 acre peninsula near the town of Oriental, North Carolina. Situated on the Neuse River where it meets the Pamlico Sound, the community’s waterfront location provides deep-water access to the nearby Intracoastal Waterway, coastal towns, cruising destinations and anchorages.

North Carolina stretches from the Appalachian mountains across urban centers to a stunning coastline that is protected by the beaches of the Outer Banks. Our vibrant state features outstanding universities, top-rated healthcare, a convenient mid-Atlantic location, and strong ties to the nation’s military. A coastal heritage of fishing and farming has created a regional revival of local flavors and goods.

The coastal towns around River Dunes are steeped in the waterman’s tradition – fishing, oystering, and sailcraft are still a vital part of the local economy. In a town where boats outnumber people 3 to 1 and breath-taking vistas wait around the next bend in the creek, you’ll quickly see why Oriental is “The Sailing Capital of the Carolinas”.

  • Oriental, NC sits on a seven-mile wide expanse of the Neuse River, just inland of the Pamlico Sound. The Neuse River boasts steady breezes and minimal commercial boating traffic. The laid-back coastal lifestyle features small town charm, stunning sunrises, tree-lined streets and a working waterfront that includes a Farmers and Fish Market.


      Garden & Gun Magazine calls Oriental a “Southern Dream Town.”   Explore Oriental

  • New Bern, NC The Colonial Capital of NC combines the unique shops, clothing boutiques, galleries and waterfront dining of its historic and walkable downtown with the convenience of a regional airport (EWN) and a  five-star hospital.A thriving arts community, national retail stores and shopping centers, golf and healthcare specialists make New Bern a regional center in coastal North Carolina.  Explore New Bern
  • Beaufort, NC is a historic seaport near the Atlantic Beaches and Cape Lookout lighthouse. This coastal town is a must-visit stop, with fine dining, a rich maritime history, quaint seaside shops and boutiques. Explore Beaufort & the Beach
  • Ocracoke, NC is about 21 miles across the Pamlico Sound. it’s a quirky bike-friendly beach town that can only be reached by boat. It’s home to the oldest working lighthouse in the states, and the #1 beach in the nation, according to the Today Show.