Southport NC Pier

Cap off a leisurely day of exploring Southport with a scenic walk along the waterfront, courtesy of the Southport Pier and Riverwalk.  Located on the edge of Howe and Bay Streets, and therefore easy to reach for veritably any Downtown Explorer, this scenic walk is a great place for fishing, birdwatching, or just settling into a wooden bench and admiring the miles of open water views.

Southport NCWaterfront Park and Pier

The Southport Pier and Riverwalk overlooks the miles-wide Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) with distant views of the outlaying barrier islands located well across the river. The path to the pier is lined with benches and is set against a scenic backdrop of historic homes and marinas, while the wooden pier itself extends well into the water, with ample seating and lights for late-evening strolls. Anglers are welcome to drop a line for sheepshead, trout, bluefish, mullet, and other saltwater species that congregate close to shore, while birdwatchers will love the ample opportunities to spot herons, egrets, ibises, and pelicans in their natural environment. With distant views of the Oak Island Lighthouse, and plenty of room to stretch out and relax, this scenic park-style walkway and pier is a beautiful venue that’s a must-see for any Southport water lover.

Southport NC Pier

Southport NC Riverwalk view

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Southport, NC Kayaking Guide

Southport, NC Kayaking Guide

Surrounded by creeks, rivers, and coastal terrain, Southport is understandably a dream destination for kayakers of all varieties. From this central and slightly inland launching point, visitors can cruise past towering trees and deep maritime forests, or enjoy picturesque open water views of the sunny downtown region. The possibility of routes is seemingly endless, and newcomers will be treated to a myriad of tours, lessons and rentals to give them a head start in exploring the open water.

Bald Head Island Ferry

Bald Head Island Ferry

Southport is known as the launching point for a number of barrier island adventures and vacations, including the ferry trip to neighboring Bald Head Island. A completely unique experience, the Bald Head Island ferry is one of the only privately run ferries that transport visitors to a North Carolina barrier island is such high volume, and with such an assortment of amenities. From baggage services to incredible passenger lounges, the Bald Head Island ferry allows travelers to arrive to their island destination in style.