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There’s nothing quite like trading in the sounds of the city for the sounds of Mother Nature. Whether listening to waves roll in or hearing birds chirping as you relax on the porch of your Bald Head Island Services rental, nature is truly the soundtrack of your vacation. This charming North Carolina island is home to endless beauty, and one of the best spots to surround yourself with stunning scenery is the Bald Head Island Natural Area.

What to Know about This Natural Attraction

The Bald Head Island Natural Area, also known as the Bald Head Woods Maritime Forest Preserve, is part of the Smith Island Complex, a protected coastal area. Found east of the Cape Fear River, the 191-acre space created in 1988 is known for its old, large trees, most of which are live oaks and laurel oaks. These species help create a canopy that shelters other places like wild olive and American holly from salt spray.

One of the best ways to take in the splendor of this area is one of its trails, which are open year-round during daylight hours. There are four paths to choose from.

No matter which trail you explore, keep your eyes open for some of the wildlife commonly spotted here, including cotton mice, gray foxes, white-tailed deer, raccoons, and several types of birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Recharge Your Batteries on a Bald Head Island Vacation

The pool at a Bald Head Island rental to relax in after exploring the Bald Head Island Natural Area.If you’re feeling burnt out, treat yourself to some R&R on a getaway with Bald Head Island Services. Whether going for a hike on a Bald Head Island Natural Area trail or exploring the island on a bike rental, this North Carolina destination is filled with things to do that range from relaxing to adventurous. 

The first step in planning your escape is finding your perfect vacation rental. Before searching our inventory, create a list of your wants and needs, which will help narrow down your choices. With everything from rooms at a charming B&B to pet-friendly rentals, we have a little bit of it all. To learn more about any of our Bald Head Island rentals, call 910-363-4955.

One of the most convenient ways to get around Bald Head Island is on a golf cart. However, you have another option for getting from your Bald Head Island Services rental to places like local shops or the beach: bike rentals. This two-wheel mode of transportation is an excellent option for anyone looking to explore the island while sneaking in a workout. 

Where to Get Your Rental

The two bike rental services on Bald Head Island offer a wide range of bikes and accessories. 

Coastal Urge provides cruises for all ages. In addition, they also have kids’ bikes with or without training wheels. If your children are too young to ride on their own, reserve a trail-a-bike or front-loader child seat to your reservation. When making your reservation, you have the choice of either picking up your items at their store or having them delivered to your Bald Head Island home.

Another excellent option is Riverside Adventure Company. Located steps from the ferry landing, this spot is known for its extensive inventory. In addition to regular bikes, you can also reserve electric bikes and specialty bikes, like trikes. They also offer both delivery and pickup services.

Where to Ride Your Bikes

Thanks to its size and gentle terrain, it’s easy to cycle to your heart’s content on Bald Head Island. Set off from your vacation rental with no destination in mind; you never know what you’ll stumble upon. Ride to West Beach to see the mouth of the Cape Fear River, or head to South Beach to see if you can spot dolphins in the distance. 

Start Planning Your Bald Head Island Visit Today

The living space of a Bald Head Island home to relax in after riding bike rentals.Whether looking ahead to summer vacation or doing some last-minute spring break planning, now’s the time to plan your Bald Head Island escape. Find the perfect place to call home by turning to Bald Head Island Services. After a day of fun, like exploring Bald Head Island on bike rentals, your home away from home is the ideal spot to unwind.

Cook a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen or watch a stunning sunset from your porch. Our fantastic homes are found all over Bald Head Island, meaning adventure surrounds you no matter which you reserve. To speak with a reservationist about which vacation rental is best for you, call 910-363-4955.

Bald Head Island is known for its laid back atmosphere. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of entertaining things to do and see. The charming North Carolina island found two miles across the Cape Fear River from Southport has everything you need to enjoy the best vacation possible. A fun way to explore the island is by wandering in and out of the shops on Bald Head Island. 

Whether looking for a new swimsuit or something to remember your trip by, the shops here have it all. You never know what you’ll stumble upon wandering the streets. Hop in your golf cart and set off from your Bald Head Island Services to see what you can find.

Where to Go Shopping on Bald Head Island

  1. Riverside Adventure Company has your beach attire needs covered. Found in the Marina, the store is filled with carefully selected fashion, accessories, and Bald Head Island Limited branded gifts.
  2. Bald Head Blues embraces the island’s lifestyle. The clothes here are the perfect blend of casual and classic. You can even find accessories for your four-legged family members.
  3. Browse framed maps spanning centuries at Antique Maps & More. This spot also offers complimentary nature and scavenger hunt maps to help you explore Bald Head Island.
  4. Island Passage is the epitome of chic beach style. Located on Maritime Way, the store has clothing for the whole family. Be sure to pick up one of their comfy sweatshirts for those cooler North Carolina nights.
  5. Find an outfit for date night at Monkee’s of Bald Head Island. The upscale boutique has everything you need to create the perfect look, including shoes and accessories.
  6. Found on the Bald Head Island Conservancy campus, the Turtle Central Gift Shop helps support the nonprofit’s mission. Browse the shelves lined with toys, accessories, clothes, and home decor items.
  7. If you’re looking to bring a piece of island-style home with you, stop by Room Service. This spot offers a mix of new and vintage home items and gifts, many of which are one-of-a-kind.

Bald Head Island Rentals | The Perfect Place to Call Home

The porch of a Bald Head Island vacation rental near local shops.Staying at a rental from Bald Head Island Services means everything from wandering local shops to spending a day at the beach is right around the corner. Our staff is local, meaning we have tried and experienced all the activities and attractions we recommend to our guests. Having on-island staff also means we can quickly resolve any issues that arise. 

Call 910-363-4955 to speak with a member of our reservation staff. They can help you determine which of our Bald Head Island rentals best suits your group’s needs and wants. Get a jump start on planning your North Carolina vacation by browsing our inventory online today.