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 Reserve is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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.
Masonboro Island Reserve reviews
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.
Plan your trip to Wilmington
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Wilmington
Side trips from Wilmington
Hidden gems in Wilmington
Historic Sites in Wilmington
Breweries & Distilleries in Wilmington
Nearby attractions in Wilmington
Trips to Masonboro Island Reserve by other users
14 days in New York City, Washington DC & Wilmington BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES New York City Washington DC Wilmington 5 days in Wilmington BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Spas Shamrock Sailing Adventures Masonboro Island Reserve 22 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM New York City Bear Mountain New Haven 1 day in Wilmington BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Motts Channel Seafood Masonboro Island Reserve Historic District 7 days in North Carolina BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Corolla Manteo Wilmington 4 days in Wilmington Area BY A USER FROM CANADA Wilmington