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Masonboro Island Reserve

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Wilmington, NC
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Beautiful Beach

We took a boat out to the island and we were only ones there for hours. The beach is gorgeous... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jes H
via mobile
Take care of this island

The powers that be keep trying to make this wonderful island off limits. The only way to keep it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a boat out to the island and we were only ones there for hours. The beach is gorgeous! Definitely worth the trip!!!

Thank Jes H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The powers that be keep trying to make this wonderful island off limits. The only way to keep it open to the public for FREE is to take care of it! Please, please take everything with you as you leave!

Thank 1meme2017
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I took a boat over with a friend (only accessible by boat) and was amazed. It was an absolutley beautiful island with very few people on the beach side. Lots of para-sailors. Definitely take a trip out there!

Thank tman4lom
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This island is only accessible by boat. It is south of Wrightsville Beach. You can pull a boat up on the west side and walk across to the unspoiled, and unmonitored beach. There are no life guards and no police. It is gorgeous by day...More

1  Thank DBarnes_NC
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

We launched our kayaks at Trails End on a beautiful morning and paddled about 25-30 min across the channel and though the marsh. There is a small beach landing where you can pull up and safely leave your boats. A short walk over the dunes,...More

Thank Tonia P
Reviewed 8 June 2017

I could hit a tennis ball from my backyard in Willowick and have it land on this island (not really, but I'm pretty darn close). Still, I've lived here for 2 years, and only been once. I just prefer a better place to go to...More

1  Thank fsu23phd
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Getting there does not guarantee a way home. My only visit was on a 4th of July as part of an emergency medical crew, attending to the needs of the several hundred visitors we were told would be over there. Never had I seen the...More

2  Thank Harry P
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Please treat this precious resource with respect. Thank you to the many people over many years who have worked so hard to keep this preserve so special.

1  Thank bmcfeeters
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful morning on Masonboro for our family! We took a watertaxi/feet there and spent a few hours on the beach. It is pristine, beautiful and our family lived it. With young kids, a few hours was plenty. Next time, maybe we'll rent some kayaks to...More

Thank amsy2400
Reviewed 5 July 2016

We loved this place! We rented kayaks and spent several hours here during our trip. There are lots of cool seashells and the water is clear. It's a great spot to visit.

1  Thank laurahkelley
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11 July 2017|
Response from Tonia P | Reviewed this property |
As far as I have seen, it is a natural, undeveloped island so walking is the only choice. I have only accessed it by kayak and then walked the beach side.
28 April 2017|
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Response from Harry P | Reviewed this property |
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