Directions & Parking

From Emerald Isle / Atlantic Beach or Morehead City areas:

  • Drive Highway 58 South/Salter Path Road to the Atlantic Beach Causeway.
  • Turn left and continue across the Atlantic Beach Bridge.
  • At the stoplight, turn right onto US-70 East / Arendell Street; continue following US-70 East.
  • Once across the new Gallants Channel Bridge, turn right at the first stoplight onto Turner Street.
  • Proceed over the new Turner Street Bridge to the traffic light at the intersection of Turner and Cedar Streets.
  • Continue on Turner Street until it ends at Front Street. The Somerset Square building is straight ahead.
  • Take a left for parking on Front Street or you can park on Turner Street.

From Cedar Island / Downeast:

  • Head South on NC 12 / Cedar Island Road.
  • Continue straight onto US 70 West. Follow US 70 West for about 25 miles.
  • Once in the Beaufort city limits, turn left onto Turner Street and follow it until it ends at Front Street. The Somerset Square building is straight ahead.
  • Take a left for parking on Front Street or you can park on Turner Street.

From Ocracoke:

  • Take the Cedar Island – Ocracoke ferry to Cedar Island.
  • Follow directions above from Cedar Island / Downeast.
North Carolina Ferry Schedule

Mileage to Beaufort, NC

From Crystal Coast Towns

Atlantic Beach 6 miles
Cedar Island 38 miles
Emerald Isle 18 miles
Morehead City 4 miles
Pine Knoll Shores 28 miles
Swansboro 10 miles

From North Carolina Cities

Raleigh 150 miles
Winston-Salem 255 miles
Greensboro 225 miles
Greenville 82 miles
Jacksonville 47 miles
Wilmington 105 miles

2019 Downtown Parking

Free Parking: Jan. 1 – Mar. 19

All parking in Downtown Beaufort is FREE, with NO time limits.

Paid Parking: May 20 – Sep. 2

Fee-Parking space locations (includes golf cart-only spaces):​

  • On-street spaces on Front Street from Queen Street to Moore Street, 4 hour limit
  • On-street spaces on Front Street from Live Oak to Queen Street, all-day
  • Front Street parking lots (East and West), all-day with escalating rate
  • Queen Street parking lot, all-day
  • Craven Street parking lot, all-day
  • 100 block of Turner Street, all-day
    100 block of Craven Street to Middle Lane, all-day
  • Pollock Street in front of Town Hall (6 spaces), 4 hour limit
  • Golf cart spaces, 4 hour limit.

Paid Parking Guidelines:

  • Front Street Parking Lots, unlimited Parking, escalating fee starts at $1 per hour.
  • Front Street parking lots (East & West lot): escalating fee beginning at $1/hour
  • All other spaces: $1/hour.
  • Handicap spaces are exempt.
  • 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • All paid parking spaces are numbered.
  • Pay to Park solar powered kiosks are located along Front, Turner Streets, and parking lots.
  • Look for ‘Pay Here’ signs to find kiosks.
  • Coins and credit cards accepted, no paper bills.
  • Receipt doesn’t need to be displayed in the vehicle but is needed to extend time.
  • Kiosks are covered after the season.

All proceeds after expenses will go towards downtown streetscaping improvements.

Free Parking: Sep. 3 – Dec. 31

All parking in Downtown Beaufort is FREE, with NO time limits.