Stroll a beach. Climb a lighthouse. Walk with turtles. Kayak the marsh. Catch a fish. Dust off your clubs. Ride a bike. There's no shortage of new adventures to try, secrets to discover, or sports to enjoy on Bald Head Island. Here are a few suggestions, broken down by interest.
Bald Head Island's beautiful East, West, and South Beaches beckon you to build sandcastles, stroll, take a swim or just unwind. With 14 miles of pristine shoreline, and dozens of public beach access points, you shouldn't have a problem finding your perfect stretch of sand.
Bald Head Creek is easily accessed by kayak and canoe, whether through a self-guided tour, or through a tour offered by the Bald Head Island Conservancy or the Sail Shop. Expect to see herons, egrets, ibises along the way.
Bald Head Island offers more than 15 miles of scenic roadways to explore by bike. Bike rentals by the hour, day or week are available through Coastal Urge and Riverside Adventure Company.
From the shore, flounder, red drum, blue fish, mullet, pompano and more wait to be caught. On the creeks you'll find speckled trout, grey trout, flounder, red drum, blue fish and spots. Offshore fishing trips can put you on grouper, mackerel, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, tarpon and sailfish. Both the Bald Head Island Conservancy and the Sail Shop offer instruction, so if you're new to fishing or just want to know where to go, they can help put you on the fish.
For a self-guided hike along the marsh, set off for the M. Kent Mitchell Nature Trail, located off Federal Road near the intersection of Muscadine Wynd. The Bald Head Woods Maritime Forest Preserve offers several trailheads along either side of Federal Road. Guided hikes are also offered by the Bald Head Island Conservancy and the Sail Shop
Turtle Walks offered by the Bald Head Island Conservancy start around the first week of June and run through mid-September. Depending on the time of year, you might see a nesting loggerhead turtle, a nest hatching, or both.
Other programs offered by the Conservancy include birding, crabbing, cast netting, island nature tours, touch tank time, sea turtle movie screenings and more.
The golf course at the Bald Head Island Club is one of the most beautiful in the Southeast, and a recent renovation has it in its best shape ever. Golfers must have a Bald Head Island Club temporary or full membership or be the guest of a member to enjoy golf privileges. A "Stay and Play" package is also available, giving you discounted accommodations and unlimited access to the course for the length of your stay on Bald Head Island.
On Bald Head Island you'll find two excellent pools—one at the Bald Head Island Club, and one at the Shoals Club, typically open from April until October. Temporary or full membership in the Clubs is required.
The four courts at the Bald Head Island Club's Tennis Center are available to members and temporary members of the Club. During the summer season, daily clinics, social activities, private lessons and programs for children three and up are available with one of the United States Professional Tennis Association pros.
The championship croquet greensward at the Bald Head Island Club regularly hosts United States Croquet Association tournaments and is the home greensward of several of the nation's top players. If you've never played or just want to hone your skills, lessons and clinics are available and can be tailored to your skill level. Temporary or full membership in the Club is required.