One of the most serene vacation destinations in the state of North Carolina is Bald Head Island. This 12,000-acre piece of land is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River. Bald Head Island is very secluded as it is only accessible by boat. The island’s makeup consists of maritime forests, marsh, and spacious beaches. Historically, the land was initially called Smith Island. Because it is not connected to the mainland by a bridge, many vacationers overlook its easy access via ferry. 

How do you travel to Bald Head Island?

One way, of course, is if you own a vessel. The island offers an excellent marina called Bald Head Island Marina

  1. The marina has dockage space for vessels up to 100 feet in length and a 7-foot draft. 
  2. 30, 50, and 100 amp electrical hookups are available to connect shore power.
  3. A marina store on-premises has many necessary supplies in stock.
  4. Wi-Fi is available to all marina guests, while cable TV connections are more limited.
  5. Both marina has both gasoline and diesel pumps.
  6. Showers, bathrooms, and showering facilities are all available. 
  7. Easy access to fine dining, beaches, and golf.

If you are not equipped with a boat, how do you access Bald Head Island?

Island access is effortless via a ferry. The Bald Head Island ferry is your means of transportation.

Here are essential things to know when planning your trip to Bald Head Island on the ferry.

  1. The ferry can be boarded at Deep Point Marina in Southpoint, NC.
  2. Ample parking is available for $11 a day in the summer months and $9 in the winter months.
  3. The journey via the ferry is twenty minutes long.
  4. Runs daily, leaving the mainland on the hour, typically every hour depending on the time of year. The ferry leaves the island at the thirty-minute mark of every hour.
  5. The daily service begins at 11 AM every morning.
  6. Adult passes are $23 per person. Children are between 3-12 are $12. Two and younger are free. 
  7. The crew will transport luggage for extended stays at island resorts or vacation rentals.

Bald Head island does not allow the use of personal vehicles. Transportation is available by renting golf carts, riding bikes, or using trams that traverse roads. Your best bet is to rent a golf cart from Cary Cart Company. Four seaters are generally $75 for the day and six seaters $110. If you have children who are required to be in car seats, bring them along.

Bike rentals are readily available, and the island offers 15 miles of roadways. Two companies provide everything from tandem bikes to baby joggers. Explore what Coastal Urge and Adventure Riverside have to offer. 

What can you do when you’re visiting the island Bald Head? 

  1. Take a swing at the Bald Head Island Club golf course.
  2. Relax with a lovely message at the Island Retreat Spa and Salon.
  3. Shop at the quaint stores and bring something home that is unique to the southern coastline.
  4. For the outdoor enthusiast, go for a kayak, paddleboard while enjoying the scenery, or hike the M. Kent Mitchell Nature Trail.
  5. Many nature programs are available for children to learn about the island’s coastal habitats and turtle nesting. 
  6. Climb 108 steps in the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina called Old Baldy. The views from the top are breathtaking. 
  7. Learn the island history as it is rich in both Revolution War and Civil War outposts. 
  8. Dine at the Shoals Club, Bald Head Island Club, or other on-island dining establishments.

For overnight trips, where can you stay on the island?

  1. Explore the vacation homes available through Bald Head Island Vacation Rentals.
  2. Take a look at the ten-room Inn at Bald Head Island
  3. Consider The Marsh Harbour Inn overlooking the Bald Head Island Marina. 


Wrapping It Up

Bald Head Island, North Carolina, offers the ability to stay active and keep your day busy from morning until night. If you’re simply looking to relax, find a secluded area on the beach and kickback. For the kids, explore the natural beauty and rich history as it’s sure to be an educational experience. See what Bald Head Island has to offer.