Facts about Bald Head Island: Bald Head Island is located off the Southeast Coast of North Carolina, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. It is accessible by a 30 minute ferry boat ride or private boat from the town of Southport. Once you are there, it can be explored via golf cart, bike, rollerblades, or on foot. Many people do not realize how easy it is to get to Bald Head Island. It is not only easy, it is fun!
The island is approximately 14,000 acres in size. There are 14 miles of beaches, 800 acres of Maritime forest, and 10,000 acres of salt marshes, creeks and freshwater lagoons. In the middle of the island there is a nature preserve to explore. Average high summer temperature is 85 degrees. Average water temperature is 69 degrees and annual rain fall is 56".
Bald Head Island Club offers an 18-hole championship course designed by George Cobb. There is also a pro shop, new gym/ workout room, restaurant and lounge. Next to The Club are tennis courts, croquet greens, putting tees, 25-meter pool and a playground. In addition to dining at The Club, there is the Peli Deli at the pool. The harbor has a full service marina with charter fishing boats. There is an open air steamer restaurant named Eb & Flo’s as well as the River Pilot Café’ that offers casual indoor dining.
The Maritime Market, the new grocery store and Deli, offers food, fishing gear, movies, ATM machine, newspapers, and Bald Head Island memorabilia. Gift shops include The Lightkeeper which serves java drinks, bagels, ice cream, and now pizza. They also have a great selection of home decor. There is also Island Passage (clothing and jewelry), Silver Peddler (home décor and jewelry) and the Bald Head Island Turtle Central Store (clothing, toys, books, and home décor.)
Close to the Marina there is “Old Baldy”. Built in 1817, it is the state’s oldest lighthouse. Next to the lighthouse is a serene Chapel on the creek which has non-denominational Sunday church services and many spectacular weddings. From May to August, Bald Head Island beaches are nesting areas for Loggerhead Turtles. The Bald Head Island Conservancy, in addition to their store, sponsors turtle walks at night and alligator and bird watches during the day.
Come with a good book to relax or take advantage of the many activities offered on the island….beach combing, bird watching, dolphin watching, crabbing, clamming, fishing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, running, biking, nature trail walking, historic tours, inline skating, tennis, croquet or golf. And of course the pleasure of simply taking in the beauty of the rivers, creeks, marshes and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
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