DescriptionA barren, sandy mound on the shore inspired this island's unusual name and provided a promontory for North Carolina's first lighthouse, nicknamed "Old Baldy". Cape Fear lies on the island's Atlantic coast. In the early days, it served as a rescue outpost, manned by life-saving teams and lighthouse keepers who helped mariners navigate the treacherous Frying Pan Shoals.
Today's visitors find smoother sailing via a 20-minute ferry ride from Southport down the Intracoastal waterway and across the Cape Fear River. For fares and schedules contact Bald Head Island Transportation; phone (910) 457-5003. Guided tours of historic landmarks are available. Because gasoline engines are prohibited on the island, electric carts and bicycles are the primary means of transportation. They can be rented on a daily or weekly basis. Contact Coastal Urge Bike Shop, (800) 383-4443, for bicycles, or Riverside Adventure Co., (910) 457-4944, for bicycles and golf carts. For general information about the island phone (800) 234-1666 or (800) 432-7368.
Things to SeeOld Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum of History