No matter your interest or age, there's no shortage of things to do on Bald Head Island.
Spend the day at the beach, golf, sail, paddleboard, surf, fish, climb Old Baldy Lighthouse or explore the island's protected creeks and maritime forest! Volunteers are always welcome at the non-profit organizations, as well.
If you are a history buff you will enjoy the Old Baldy historic island tour. Bald Head Island was the site of a revolutionary war fort and a civil war fort. There have been three lighthouses on Bald Head. Enjoy hearing of shipwrecks and pirates as well, while the historian takes you around the island. Discover southeastern North Carolina's rich maritime history at Old Baldy Lighthouse and Smith Island Museum. Explore the Keeper's Cottage and climb to the top of North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse, Old Baldy. www.oldbaldy.org/
If nature is your thing, the BHI Conservancy offers several different nature and birding tours year round. Some of the tours are specific to summer but their birding walk takes place every Monday morning. During the summer months, Bald Head Island is fortunate to have a large nesting population of the beautiful painted bunting. The island is also home to hundreds of egrets, herons and ibis as well as dozens of other species. Trips last about 2 hours and location is dependent on tides, weather and recent sightings. www.BHIC.org
There are multiple trails for hiking enthusiasts and birders. Trail maps and BHI Birding Life Lists are available at the BHI Conservancy. There are maritime forest trails and salt marsh trails to enjoy.
Whether you are looking for a solitary escape or an afternoon of well-being with friends, relax, refresh and renew at Island Retreat Spa and Salon. The spa offers a wide variety of pampering including hair, nails, massage, medi spa and more.
Bald Head Island's tidal creeks are one of North Carolina's natural treasures, perfect for kayaking. If it's the thrill of wave riding you crave, reserve a spot in our surf camps held daily in the summer. Always wanted to sail the waters, reserve a Funsail with one of our certified instructors. The Riverside Adventure Company/Sail Shop and Coastal Urge offer equipment rentals.
Try the fastest growing water sport in the world! Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is instant fun for all ages! The Riverside Adventure Company/Sail Shop and Coastal Urge offer equipment rentals.
The Bald Head Island Club golf course is a magnificent golfing experience on the Carolina coast. Originally designed by famed golf course architect George Cobb and recently renovated by architect Tim Cate, the Bald Head Island Club golf course presents a variety of challenges to test every golfers skill. Successfully navigating the ever-present winds, strategically placed contours, hazards and natural areas will prove truly rewarding.
Options abound when it comes to dining on Bald Head Island. Grab a sandwich to take to the beach or enjoy fine cuisine with views that rival the food. Go to our places to eat page to see dining options on BHI.
Bald Head Island Club
If you have a membership to the Bald Head Island Club, you can enjoy their several dining choices, golf, swimming, tennis, croquet and more.
Bald Head Island and Southport are served by five well-appointed marinas that provide easy access to the Cape Fear River, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean: Bald Head Island Marina, Southport Marina, South Harbor Marina, Deep Point Marina and Indigo Plantation Marina.