Named after its local eagle population, Bald Head Island sits at the southernmost point of North Carolinas magnificent chain of barrier islands and capes lies. The island stands as a place of singular beauty and extraordinary character. From its enviable position at the confluence of the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean to the legendary Cape Fear itself, Bald Head Island is like nowhere else on earth.
On Bald Head Island, 14 miles of beautiful beaches face not only east, but also west and south, providing magnificent views of the sun both rising and setting over the Atlantic Ocean. Time after time, the island has been singled out as one of "Americas Top 20 Beaches," by Stephen "Dr. Beach" Leatherman, and Frommers travel guide named Bald Head Island in its book Best Beach Vacations:Carolinas and Georgia.
Bordering the island to the north, more than 10,000 acres of salt marsh and tidal creeks perfect for fishing and boating are deeded to the State of North Carolina, to remain undeveloped in perpetuity, as are nearly 200 acres of rare maritime forest. Known for its vast size and variety of trees, Bald Head Islands forest is dense with live oaks, dogwoods, sabal palms, cedars, yaupons, wax myrtles and junipers. Setting out from the grand old lady of the forest, a hollow live oak that is more than 300 hundred years old, hikers can take a self-guided tour of the forest that looks and feels like sections of North Carolinas spectacular mountain country.