Bald Head Island Journals

Peaceful, quiet island

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A travel journal to Bald Head Island by msusman

Quote: Bald Head Island is my favorite place in the world -- the instant I set foot on the island, all my worries vanish.

Peaceful, quiet island

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Overview

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The best thing you can do on Bald Head is just walk around. With no cars, and visitors limited by the rigamarole of getting here, it's peaceful, quiet, and relatively unspoiled. Nature walks through the woods and beaches are my favorite places. As for manmade places, the Old Baldy Lighthouse gives a marvelous view of the island and is the best place to watch a sunset.Quick Tips: I recommend going in the off-season, late March or so. It's less crowded, good weather without the usual Carolina stifling heat and humidity, and before hurricane season (which hits the island hard every few years). I've always done day trips, but you can stay in their bed-and-breakfast or rent one of many vacati...Read More
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Our options were limited because we were there in the off-season, and this was the only casual-dress place open. It's very relaxed, but the menu choices are limited, over-priced, and really not that tasty. Of course, I don't eat seafood -- my friends who ordered shellfish enjoyed them. I don't really recommend this place, but you may not have a choice unless you're there in high season.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 7, 2001

Bald Head Island Club Lounge
Bald Head Island Club
Bald Head Island, North Carolina
(800) 234-1666

Frying Pan Shoals

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Attraction | "East Beach/Frying Pan Shoals"

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If you drive down the main road from the harbor till the end of the road, you've reached the tip of the island where the East Beach and the South Beach meet. This is a beach for nature lovers -- no houses abut it, and it's almost completely deserted (at least in March). The large beach has the Cape Fear River to your right and the Atlantic Ocean in front of you. If you walk to the very tip -- off of which are the Frying Pan Shoals -- you can actually see a spray of waves several yards off-shore where the river meets the ocean. Stick your foot in the icy Atlantic, then take a few steps over a little spit of sand and warm it in the tepid, murky waters of the Cape Fear. Just a short way out into the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2001

Frying Pan Shoals
5079 Southport-Supply Road
Bald Head Island, North Carolina 28461-8670
1 (800) 515-1038

Old Baldy Lighthouse

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Attraction

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Old Baldy is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse, built in 1817. Its weatherbeaten exterior is actually intentional -- it's been fully restored, but they decided to leave the outside looking more authentic -- and it represents a style of lighthouse that went out of fashion after the Civil War. You can climb to the top -- when we were there, they hadn't quite finished with the interior, so we had to walk up a narrow staircase clinging to the wall that looked like it had been nailed together yesterday. Not for the vertiginous. The view is sensational from the top -- you can look all around the island: the marshes, the beaches, the woods, the ocean. We timed it to be there at sunset, and it was stunn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2001

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

Kent-Mitchell Nature Trail

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Attraction

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This easy, flat path leads through a low forest, along the salt marsh and tidal creek. (Don't worry -- the parts that pass over water are a boardwalk, so you won't get your feet wet.) Here and there are benches where you can relax and soak in the greenery. The path passes quite near a loggerheard turtle nesting area; we were there at the wrong time of year, but during the summer, the Bald Head Island Conservancy leads "turtle walks" in the evenings. This trail is pleasant and suitable for just about anyone. It's the closest to the harbor, so the most widely traveled. Following the paved roads around the island, we came across a few other trails that were also enjoyable. Basically, I'd recommend...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2001

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

If you want to stay on the island...

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Story/Tip

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I've only been to Bald Head for day trips, but a number of the houses (all of which are gorgeous, by the way) are available to rent, plus there is a bed-and-breakfast. My friends and I looked into a rental, but it was out of our price range, especially since we could get cheap rates on the mainland at Wrightsville Beach, about an hour away. If you have the money or enough people to split the costs, it would be a fabulous place to spend a few nights. Most rentals include in the price round-trip ferry service (normally $15 per person) and one or more golf-cart rentals (which start at around $8 and go up depending on the size of the cart you rent -- you can get ones that carry as many as 8 people). J...Read More

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msusman

msusman
Arlington, Virginia

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