Other Islands

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Evidence suggests that the first stretch of continental American coastline described by a European explorer may have been Masonboro Island. The explorer was Giovanni da Verrazzano, the year, 1524. Later, during the Civil War, Masonboro's beaches were visited by three blockade runners and one Union blockader.

Before 1952, Masonboro was attached to...more about Masonboro Island

Wait for low tide to walk along a spit to Zeke's Island, a reserve in the Cape Fear River. Drive down to the Federal Point boat ramp (beyond the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry terminal) and find the Rocks, a breakwater first erected in 1873 that extends beyond Zeke's Island. Go by boat if...more about Zeke's Island

State and National Parks

1010 State Park Rd.
Carolina Beach, NC
(910) 458-8206

This is one of the most biologically diverse parks in North Carolina and a contender for the most beautiful park in the area. Maritime forest, sandhill terrain, waterfront and sand ridges support carnivorous plants and centuries-old live oaks. Six miles of easy trails wind throughout the park. Excellent overnight camping facilities...more about Carolina Beach State Park

U.S. Hwy. 421
Kure Beach, NC
(910) 458-5798

Miles of white sandy beach, salt marshes, tidal creeks, mudflats and wildlife habitats make the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area a real eco-treasure among the state's park offerings. With the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Cape Fear River on the west, park visitors can walk the beach and look...more about Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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