Natives pronounce it "Bah-dy" not "Bow-dy." Folklore claims the local pronunciation harks back to the days when this corner of the Graveyard of the Atlantic was known as "Bodies Island" because of all the dead seafarers who washed onto the shores. The island remains mostly barren, but the boardwalks and observation decks on its marshes offer excellent opportunities to watch wading birds and to kayak or canoe through the inlets.
Elsewhere in The North Carolina Coast
- Cape Lookout National Seashore
- Hatteras Island
- Kure Beach and Carolina Beach
- Morehead City
- Nags Head