Masonboro Island Reserve, Wilmington

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Masonboro Island is a barrier island in New Hanover County, North Carolina. The island, which is undeveloped and accessible only by boat, is a component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve and a North Carolina State Natural Area. It lies south of Wrightsville Beach, separated by Masonboro Inlet, and north of Carolina Beach, separated by Carolina Beach Inlet. The island is a destination for boating, surfing, and camping.
Masonboro Island is a mix of marshes, dunes and tidal flats, with beaches along its Atlantic coastline and a chain of small hills and wetland islands along Masonboro Sound, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. The beaches are a nesting ground for loggerheads and green sea turtles, and the waters on the sound side of the island are a nursery for spot, mullet, flounder and pompano.
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  • Fun little trip to Masonboro Island. We have the entire beach to ourselves!! Miles and miles of pristine beach, great waves and lots of shells. If you kayak be aware of the tides or you might find...  more »
  • It was wonderful experience of landing. The island was truly a sanctuary of the wilds. Adventure without danger. Boat transfers come picking up n off us very on time. I enjoyed watching some of wild.....  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous! It’s like having your own private island. Just be careful of the tide so you aren’t left high and dry.
  • Good outing and adventure. Navigating the intercostal was tricky due to the volume of traffic. I believe it was directly related to the amount of chop down the coastline from the approaching storm. It seemed to drive even the larger 40 foot boats to navigate down the intercoastal rather than cruising the coast line. Had to use extreme caution due to being on only an 18 ft skiff.

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