Carteret County consists of the “down east” Outer Banks and North Carolina mainland. Sandwiched between two bodies of water, the county runs nearly 90 miles in length. Atlantic, a town on the mainland, is the gateway to Beaufort and the remainder of the County, which stretches from Portsmouth Island south to Bogue Banks. Various towns in the county are littered along the shoreline including Otway, Davis, and Oyster Creek. Residents on the mainland grow a number of crops, including cotton, corn, soy beans, sweet potatoes, and sorghum.