Masonboro Island Reserve
Location: Wrightsville Beach
At 8.4 miles in length, Masonboro Island Reserve is the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina. The Reserve protects coastal habitats for long-term research, education, and stewardship. You will see pristine examples of barrier island, salt marsh, and tidal creek ecosystems. Birds, fish, invertebrates, and sea turtles use Masonboro Island for habitat and foraging. The Reserve offers several education and citizen-science programs that engage learners of all ages!
The Masonboro Island site can only be reached by boat. There are public and private boat ramps in and near Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach. There are also private fee ferry services to the Reserve property.
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