Fourteen miles of pristine beaches are the star of the show, but it doesn't stop there. Bordering the island to the north, tidal creeks and lush marshes span 10,000 acres. Along the shore, an ancient dune ridge soars above sea level, providing sweeping ocean views and protection for a thriving maritime forest. While Bald Head experiences four beautifully distinct seasons, temperatures are moderated by the nearby Gulf Stream, so much so that we're recognized as the northernmost subtropical locale in the U.S.
Protection of the island's natural environment and wildlife is led by the Bald Head Island Conservancy, a nonprofit group formed more than 30 years ago on the island.
While their work centers on monitoring and protecting the loggerhead turtles that nest on the island’s beaches each summer, the group's mission extends much further. Their Barrier Island Study Center, located on the island's East end, provides a base for scientific study, research and educational programs of global importance.
Since its inception in 1985, the Old Baldy Foundation has worked diligently to maintain and preserve North Carolina's oldest lighthouse, affectionately known as "Old Baldy," circa 1817.
Over the years, the Foundation's role has expanded from simply caretaking and preserving Old Baldy Lighthouse to serving as the cultural and historical custodians of Bald Head Island. Near the base of the lighthouse, the Foundation operates the Smith Island Museum of History, a repository for hundreds of artifacts chronicling the island's colorful role in the Cape Fear region.
The family-friendly Shoals Club overlooks the magnificent point of Cape Fear. Complementing the club's dramatic views are fine and casual dining, swimming pools, locker rooms, and a host of recreational programs for all ages and interests.
The Bald Head Island Club golf course, named one of the top 100 courses in the U.S., has earned glowing accolades from Links magazine for quality of play. Along with golf, the club offers tennis, swimming, a splash pad, kids camps, croquet and excellent fine and casual dining.
For the seafaring set, slips up to 100 feet in length in the Bald Head Island Yacht Club are available for purchase. Visit the website for more details about the marina's amenities.
With 10,000 of the island's 12,000 total acres set aside as nature preserves, choosing which environment to explore first can be a tough decision.
Stroll for hours along our uncrowded beaches. Rent a paddleboard and explore the creeks. Hike along a maritime forest trail. Join a nighttime Turtle Walk. Climb Old Baldy, North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Bike along our car-free wynds. Take sailing lessons. Play one of the country's top-rated golf courses. Hook your own supper. Sip a cold drink poolside while the kids splash nearby. Bald Head Island's possibilities are unlimited.
In addition to the island's clubs, Bald Head Island offers a range of other amenities.
Shops and boutiques with everyday conveniences and unique finds are sprinkled around the island. A welcoming day spa provides every relaxing service under the sun. And a variety of fine and casual dining venues can satisfy any craving you might have.