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
Kid's Crabbing & Fishing (2022)
at Access 1
Introduction to several methods of catching critters!
Conservancy Summer Camp 2022 *(Wednesday Only)
at 700 Federal Rd
School's Out! Kids 5-9 can explore, play, and learn on Bald Head Island during BHI Conservancy Nature Camps!
Kayaking the Creeks (2022)
at Village Creek Access
Explore the pristine creeks of BHI on this guided tour!
Kids Night Surf Fishing (2022)
at Bald Head Island
Kids will learn to fish in the surf as the sun sets!
2022 Turtle Walk (BHI Conservancy Member Only Event)
at Bald Head Island Conservancy
As a thank you to our members, the Bald Head Island Conservancy offers Turtle Walks as an opportunity to (hopefully) see sea turtles!