Located two miles off the coast of Southport, NC, Bald Head Island is a boat-accessed community where cars are not allowed. Visitors and residents alike access the island via ferry or private boat, and on-island transportation is restricted to golf carts, bicycles or your own two feet. Featuring 14 miles of east, south and west facing beaches and a serpentine marsh and creek system, the island is an ideal getaway for families looking to unplug and get in touch with nature. Of the island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 acres of beaches, salt marsh and maritime forest are permanently protected and remain undeveloped. The island is home to Old Baldy, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, which visitors are allowed to climb for an epic 360 view of the island.