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Day Trip to Bald Head Island

An August 1999 trip to Bald Head Island by senowitc

Quote: Bald Head Island is located just off of the coast of North Carolina. It is only accesible by ferry or private boat. There are a number of historically significant structures as well as unique natural areas located there. A number of very luxurious vacation homes are located there, also. Willard Scott, Bill Cowher, and William Bennett are all current/former home owners.

Day Trip to Bald Head Island

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Overview

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"Old Baldy" is the most impressive sight on Bald Head Island. It is the oldest light house in North Carolina and there are impressive views from the top.

Quick Tips:

I would recommend making this destination a day trip. Accommodations are pretty expensive on the island. Tours of the island which take you to all of the major sights efficiently can be arranged. The island is easily accesible from some of the neighboring beach communites where places to stay can be much cheaper.

Best Way To Get Around:

There are no cars allowed on the island. The best ways to get around are either with an electric golf cart or on a bicycle.
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Unless you own your own boat, it is necessary to take the ferry to get to and from the island. Reservations are required. The ferry ride is quite pleasant and affords good views of the island and mainland. The trip is approximately 20 min. one way and leaves from Southport, NC.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 3, 2000

Bald Head Island Passenger Ferry Service
5079 Southport-Supply Road
Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461-8670
1 (800 0 515-1038

Old Baldy Lighthouse

Attraction | ""Old Baldy" Lighthouse"

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First commisioned 1817, "0ld Baldy" is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. If you are willing to climb the many steps to its top, you will be rewarded with an outstanding view of the island and surrounding waters. "Old Baldy" is distinguished as one of the only lighthouses in the world where the lens room is not centered on top. It gets fairly hot and crowded in the lens room during the summertime.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 3, 2000

Old Baldy Lighthouse
P.O. Box 3007
Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461
(910) 457-7481

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Built in 1903, this group of 3 cottages served as home to the lighthouse keeper until 1933. It is located on the southeast coast of the island adjacent to the former location of the lighthouse. The group of cottages is listed on the Natioanl Register of Historic Places. The ocean view from this spot is one of the best on the island. Visiting gives great insight into the isolated existence the lighthouse keeper and his family must have endured.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Captian Charlie's Station
5079 Southport-Supply Road
Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461-8670
1 (800) 515-1038

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The Kent-Mitchell Nature Trail is a pleasant 20 minute walk through maritime forest, salt marsh, and tidal creek natural areas. Bald Head Island is classified as semitropical, meaning that you will see both tropical palm trees as well as hardwood trees such as oak on the island. There are not too many places in the United States where such ecological diversity is present in such a small area. Maritime forests throughout North Carolina are threatened by over development so opportunites to experience them in such a pristine state are becoming rare.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 10, 2000

Kent-Mitchell Nature Trail
P.O. Box 3109
Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461
(910) 457-0089

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Essex Junction, Vermont

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