Bald Head Island

Southport, North Carolina 28461

Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island Professional Review and Guide

"Barely 2 miles off the southeastern tip of North Carolina lies a semitropical island. Covered by dunes and beach, maritime forest, and vast salt marshes, this secluded island is a paddler’s paradise. There is no bridge to the island, so you won’t see any cars, but you will see golf carts.

You can paddle across or take the passenger ferry from Southport. Development of the island initially created much controversy, but the existing resort has become self-sustaining, with the island’s mix of forests and marsh the focal point. Although Bald Head Island is known as a private resort, anyone can visit and rent a cottage, room, or villa. The 14 miles of pristine beach attract visitors of another kind, the sea turtles that nest here."

Bald Head Island Reviews

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Paddled today. The temperature was 70 degrees with a water temp of 56 degrees. The wind was Southwest at 10-15 knots. I didn't launch from where the guidebooks says in the marina as there is no ramp or soft area and you would need to pay to use the dock. I traveled along Federal Road about a half mile (highly suggest bringing a kayak cart) to the public launch about 0.56 miles up the creek from the Cape Fear River. Launch from the public access along the creek next to Old Baldy Light house. Paddle 0.56 until you reach the inlet for the creek and the cape fear river. Stay to your right when paddling out as you go through the inlet as there are breaker waves to your left that will capsize you. Great paddle - once in the marsh I was alone. I didnt see much signs of wildlife but I feel that was mostly due to the time and weather at which I was paddling. If you stay near the marsh area you are well out of the way of any shipping area. I also highly recommend bringing a map and GPS.
Fairly easy trail to paddle. Experienced some Swells 3 - 4 ft, but flows well with the tides. Beautiful pictures from the lighthouse. Watch out for the shipping lanes. Great day paddle, about 3 - 4 hours, one way. Peace.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Year-round, weather permitting
USGS: NC0385 Kure Beach and NC0099 Cape Fear
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Jul 2018