Nature lovers who want to take an in-depth and self-guided exploration of Southport's wild terrain can take an easy stroll down the "Marsh Walk." This long boardwalk that begins along Brunswick Avenue on the edges of the busy downtown ends, essentially, in the middle of nowhere, with incredible views of the Cape Fear River, Elizabeth River, and miles of the waterfront terrain that defines Southport as a uniquely coastal town.

The Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

Visitors can access the Marsh Walk by parking at the neighboring marina, or along the street on Brunswick Avenue. Hard to spot, there are little markers to indicate that this scenic boardwalk even exists, but Southport Visitors in the know will be able to locate this reclusive nature trail that's sandwiched in between multiple boat docks.

A view from the Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

The "walk" itself is a straight 1/8th mile boardwalk, with slightly weathered wooden railings, that eventually leads out to a picturesque shaded gazebo overlooking the lower Cape Fear River region and its outlying barrier islands. The wooden walkway ensures that no visitors get their toes wet, and hovers slightly over saltwater grasses and small streams that ebb and flow with rain water and storm surges.

A view from the Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

Nature lovers and bird watchers will find a lot of distractions along the walk, as migrating herons, ibises, egrets, osprey and other, smaller shorebirds have been known to frequent this remarkable unpopulated region of Southport's waterfront. Visitors should also look down along the muddy and watery regions under the walkway for the opportunity to spot muddy fiddler crabs and schools of small mullets and minnows quickly navigating the small, salty waters.

The Southport waterfront from the Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

For many visitors, regardless of natural inclinations, the boardwalk is a breath of fresh air, which allows folks to see unparalleled views of Southport from a perfectly scenic vantage point. At night, the region of the Downtown and the outlaying barrier islands are lit up, making the walk an exceptionally incredible, and altogether romantic, destination for any stroller passing by.

The Southport waterfront from the Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

Summertime visitors are advised to bring bug spray along, as the unpopulated terrain is very popular with mosquitos, and a little sunscreen may be needed as well for visitors who intend to relax and stay a while, enjoying the view.

A view from the Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

The Marsh Walk may be one of Southport's less obvious local attractions, but it is certainly one of the most scenic destinations in town. Featuring an expansive boardwalk that cumulates with fantastic shaded views of the Cape Fear waterfront, the Marsh Walk can be a (free) romantic evening getaway, a fun place to let the kids run free, or a quiet spot to admire the local wildlife. Whatever your taste or preferred endeavor, Southport's Marsh Walk delivers with incredible views and relatively undiscovered terrain.

A view from the Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

A view of riverfront homes from the Marsh Walk in Southport, NC

 

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Southport Educational Activities

Established in the 1700s, and boasting a landscape of unique coastal ecosystems, Southport is a prime destination to learn about the history, environment, and culture of the scenic Brunswick region. From unique museums and monuments, to outdoor destinations where learning comes naturally, there’s lots to discover in this unique corner of coastal North Carolina. Pay a visit to the following destinations, and see how education and fun can seamlessly go hand in hand. With so much to uncover, every educational trek in Southport is truly a joy, and an unforgettable part of any Southport vacation.

The Common at Cape Fear Station

The Common at Cape Fear Station

The "Cape Fear Station" community is a collection of homes and estates with a variety of settings from oceanfront locations tucked behind the sand dunes to wooded sites that are virtually hidden beneath the towering oaks of the maritime forest. All of these properties are interconnected via a series of sidewalks, which also run adjacent to and through the Cape Fear Station Common. The community, as well as the common itself, is named after the original lifesaving station which once stood along Bald Head Island's East Beach. The station is long gone, however the properties here have their own style and architectural attributes that make them fit in easily with the southern scene.