Masonboro Island Travel Blog› entry 12 of 56 › view all entries
Masonboro Island is an enormous (over eight miles long), uninhabited barrier island stretching from Wrightsville Beach to Carolina Beach along coastal North Carolina. Most of
the island is in excellent natural shape, probably owing to the fact that you
need a boat to get out there. If you have your own, there should be no problem locating a public boat ramp and it
isn’t difficult to arrange for a private service to transport you over, but
there is no ferry service or other general public access.
The island is mostly comprised of marsh and tidal flats, but
you can literally walk for miles along the sandy coast on the Atlantic
side. Well, I guess that depends on the season – because Masonboro is both a State Park and a National Estuarine
Research Reserve, portions of the island are often posted to protect its
critters. Nesting loggerhead and green sea turtles both require protection from human invasion, as do several birdlife
varieties. Among the island’s visitors are several threatened bird species, including black skimmers, least terns and
Camping is welcome and you may feel free to put up stakes wherever you see traces of past visits.
Here is a useful web site with basic dos and don’ts if tenting appeals:
You are encouraged to come on out and enjoy this sparkling
treasure along Wilmington’s coast!