Bald Head Island
About Bald Head Island
Bald Head Island is a two-mile journey across the Cape Fear River from Southport and is the site of Old Baldy, North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse. You can only reach Bald Island by passenger ferry, private boat or air. It's been featured as having some of the best beaches in the country and has been on popular lists like American's Best Beaches. Bald Head Island is 14 miles of pristine beaches and 10,000 acres of which is untouched beach, marsh, and forest preserves. It's a perfect vacation spot for an intimate retreat for nature lovers.
The Old Baldy lighthouse is visible from Oak Island and has decades of restoration work. You can climb to the top of the 108 steps to see the keeper's cottage on the property. Day trips to Bald Head Island are popular and Bald Eagle Tours offer seasonal attractions. The Bald Head Island Conservatory and Painted Bunting Tours are good options for bird viewing. Touch Tank offers fun for the entire family with snakes, turtles, sand sharks and other island life. The Maritime Forest Reserve is 180 acres of trails to see twisted live oaks, insects, deer, squirrels, raccoons, Carolina wrens, and cardinals.
Events in Bald Head Island
Historic Happy Hour
at Bald Head Island Association Center
Enjoy beer and wine on the Old Baldy grounds while having an intimate Curator tour of The Smith Island Museum of History.
Howl at the Moon
at Maritime Market
An Island tradition since January 2011, the Maritime Market hosts the largest beach party each month when the full moon rises out of the Atlantic Ocean.