When you're not relaxing on the 14 miles of beaches, discover the island's history and explore the Bald Head Island State Wildlife Area.
- Old Baldy Lighthouse: Climb to the top of North Carolina's oldest lighthouse and visit the adjacent Smith Island Museum to learn about the past of the lighthouse, its keepers and its surroundings.
- Bald Head Island Conservancy: Join in with bird-watching, stargazing, fishing classes and island nature tours by day or night. In spring, see the bald eagle breeding pair and join nighttime Turtle Walks in summer.
- Kent Mitchell Nature Trail: See the island's native wildlife and plants with full views of the marsh and explore trailheads leading into the Bald Head Woods Maritime Forest.