Masonboro Island Reserve, Wilmington

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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. Masonboro Island Reserve is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • If you've got a boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board to get yourself over here it's a great spot to have a picnic, a swim, or a private sunbath. It's scenic and there are generally not other people... 
    If you've got a boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board to get yourself over here it's a great spot to have a picnic, a swim, or a private sunbath. It's scenic and there are generally not other people...  more »
  • My family enjoyed collecting shells and exploring Masonboro Island Reserve. Not much wildlife save a crab or two, but plenty of shells. It was extremely windy the day we went and felt at least 15... 
    My family enjoyed collecting shells and exploring Masonboro Island Reserve. Not much wildlife save a crab or two, but plenty of shells. It was extremely windy the day we went and felt at least 15...  more »
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  • It's very easy to access with a kayak or boat as it is located directly across from trails end boat ramp. Camping, fishing, and campfires are are allowed. Just clean up after yourself!
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