Bald Head Island, historically known as Smith Island, is a cozy village located on the east bank of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA. This island, compared to the neighboring city of Wilmington to the north, is a small and remote place.
To get to the island, you can take a ferry from nearby Southport or, if you have a 4WD car, take the beach path from Fort Fisher to the north.
It’s important to note that only government officials are allowed to use the beach route, and there are indeed few cars on the island. Instead, locals prefer to get around in modified electric golf carts.
Bald Head Island is nationally known for its natural beauty and especially for nesting sea turtles. According to the 2010 census, the island has a population of 158 and is part of the Wilmington area.
This village is popular due to its picturesque nature and is becoming a popular holiday destination. It also served as a filming location for “Weekend at Bernie’s” in 1989 and “The Butcher’s Wife” in 1991.
The island is famous for its oldest lighthouse, known as “Old Baldy“. This lighthouse was built in 1817 and is the oldest surviving lighthouse in the state.