Lying along U.S. Highway 70 after it has passed over the North River Bridge you will find the many wonderful fishing communities collectively known as the Down East area. These communities include Bettie, Otway, Smyrna, Straits, Harkers Island, Gloucester, Tusk, Marshallberg, Williston, Davis, Stacy, Sea Level, Atlantic and Cedar Island. All are incredible places to live, work and play.
Bonded by their close ties to the sea and a common heritage many people living Down East are still involved in commercial fishing, crabbing and boat building. The water, and access to it, is incredibly important to the way of life in the communities here. Attractive to avid fishermen, beachcombers and boaters, life here seems to revolve around the communities’ relationship to the ocean.
The area’s wildlife is also an integral part of living in Down East. Beautiful waterfowl circle the blue skies above and local parks are filled with a variety of animals that seem to enjoy the peacefulness here as much as the residents. Mariner’s Park, located in Sea Level, features tennis courts playground equipment and softball/baseball fields. Smyrna’s Eastern Park features tennis courts, outdoor basketball court, horseshoe pits and beach volleyball court, playgrounds and picnic shelters perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. For the true nature lover, the Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge and the Cape Lookout national Seashore are terrific ways to get out and enjoy the natural wonders here.
The beautiful photos you see here were graciously provided by the talented Stephen Taylor with Pine Ridge. To see more of his work, please visit his website at www.pineridgephotography.net