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The southernmost of North Carolina’s cape islands, Bald Head Island is located at the confluence of the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean. A pleasant 20-minute passenger ferry ride transports you from the ferry terminal at Deep Point Marina in historic Southport, N.C. to the harbour at Bald Head Island, a distance of two nautical miles. The Hammocks neighborhood is centrally located on the island, just a few short minutes from the Bald Head Island Club and the island’s South Beach.

Map Your Trip to Bald Head Island

By Land
Via Highway 17, Southport is 30 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. and 60 miles north of Myrtle Beach, S.C. From points west, Interstate 40 and Highway 74/76 link the region directly with I-95.
Entering Southport on Route 211 (Howe Street), turn left onto East Moore Street and then right onto Ferry Road at the roundabout. Proceed about a half mile and then turn right at the entrance sign to Deep Point Marina.

By Air
New Hanover International Airport in Wilmington, N.C., is just 35 miles north of Southport, and the Myrtle Beach Jetport is 60 miles south. Please consult your carrier or travel agent for daily flight schedules.

Additionally, Brunswick County Airport/ Ocean Air Aviation, Inc. is a public, non-commercial airport in the Southport area. Please call (910) 457-6483 for more information.

Ground transportation to ferry terminal is available from Myrtle Beach, SC, and Wilmington, NC. Call Southern Hospitality at (800) 406-4949, The Transporter at (910) 632-7401 or Lett's Transportation at (910) 343-3335.

Passenger Ferry Information
For most of the year, ferries leave the mainland on the hour and the island on the half-hour, beginning at 8 a.m. The winter schedule may be abbreviated, and the summer schedule expanded.

Current schedules are posted at the ferry terminals, or may be ascertained by calling the mainland ferry depot at (910) 457-5003.

Advance ferry reservations are required, and should be confirmed three days in advance. Please arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

By Sea
Bald Head Island Harbour, located near buoy #13 at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, is accessible by boat from the Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean. The full-service Bald Head Island Marina can accommodate vessels up to 115 feet in length, with 8’ draft at MLW. Winter-monthly and daily slip rates are available. Click here for more information on Bald Head Island Marina, home of the Bald Head Island Yacht Club.

Contact the dockmaster on VHF channel 16, by phone (910) 457-7380 or email bhi-marina@bhisland.com.