Seniors Enjoy Bald Head Island


I followed a young couple out of our local Target store. Their car was next to mine and this senior noticed a large black and white sticker on the back that read BHI and underneath NC.  

I asked what that meant.  The lady said Bald Head Island, that’s where I’m from.  She continued…“Oh, you just have to go there.  There are NO cars.  Everyone rides around in golf carts.”

I had never heard of Bald Head Island, and I told her that was going to write a blog on it. “Curious Jim”  punched in Bald Head Island and I learned a lot…

Thousands of years ago, Bald Head Island began its formation at the mouth of the majestic Cape Fear River. Beginning as just a small tidal flat, marsh grasses and small shrubberies soon took root to aid in creating the pristine island as it is today.

 Seniors Meet Long List Of Infamous Visitors


BHI soon became a preferred hideout for the notorious pirate of pirates, Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, and Stede Bonnet, the intellectual-turned-pirate. History thrives and flourishes on Bald Head Island. From Native Americans to sea ruffians, from Civil War troops to the inquisitive vacationer. Today all the streets on the island are named after these infamous visitors.

BHI was home to a British fort and hospital in the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War several Confederate gun emplacements helped secure the mouth of the river. In the early 1900s visitors came to the island to hunt wild pigs. Senior visitors can find out the details of these stories and more on a Historic Tour from the Old Baldy Foundation.


  One of the most famous sights on Bald Head Island is Old Baldy rising above the trees, looking out over the sea, marsh and harbor, and greeting senior visitors when you arrive on the ferry. Old Baldy, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse and one of three that once graced BHI, is only a short walk from the ferry landing.

Golf Carts, Bikes or Hoof It…

When you board the ferry for the 20-minute ride to Bald Head Island, you leave your car behind, along with the stress of the mainland world. Getting around is limited to golf carts, bikes, or just plain hoofing it. Seniors will find a wide variety of vacation rentals, island tours, premier golf courses, and  fishing excursions available.

Smith Island Museum and the Kent Mitchell Nature Trail rate high for visitors. Spend a few days and let Bald Head Island help take away your worries and cares. jeb

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