Columbia, the county seat of Tyrrell County, is located on the Inner Banks of eastern North Carolina, specifically on the eastern side of the Scuppernong River, south of the Albemarle Sound, and west of the Alligator River. The Albemarle Sound is one of the East Coast's largest estuarine systems.
Columbia is located at the junction of highways 64 and 94. The Tyrrell County Visitors Center is located on Highway 64 in Columbia. Columbia is approximately two hours northeast of Greenville, North Carolina, and two hours south of Chesapeake, Virginia.
Referred to as "the place of the sweet bay tree" by Native Americans, Columbia was one of three towns in North Carolina and 150 nationally that was nominated for the annual American Dream Town Competition in 2005.
Attractions, Arts, and Entertainment in Columbia, North Carolina
Columbia has a wealth of leisure time attractions that range from the arts, to natural wildlife preserves and their associated outdoor activities. Major attractions in or near Columbia include:
- Many annual seasonal festivals including the Annual Potato Cooking Contest; the Scuppernong River Festival; the Steamed Blue to Red, Hot and Lively Art Auction and Crab Feast; the Soul Food Celebration at the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center; River Town Christmas; and more.
- The Columbia Marina and Columbia Town Docks
- The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center
- The Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve
- The Palmetto-Peartree Preserve which is a 10,000 acre preserve that is home to the largest population of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on private land in the North Carolina. It is a premier destination for hikers, bird watchers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
- Pettigrew State Park
- The Pocosin Arts Center
- The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
- The Scuppernong River Interpretive Boardwalk
- The Scuppernong River Preserve
- The Somerset Place State Historic Site
- The Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds
Columbia is also an easy day trip from North Carolina's outer banks and all of the associated beach and water activities.