Most People Don’t Know The Fascinating History Behind This Popular North Carolina Island

Unless you are a frequent visitor to North Carolina’s Topsail Island, you may not know the fascinating history behind the popular island. The barrier island is 26 miles long and includes the popular beach towns of North Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Topsail Beach, and is accessible by way of two main bridges to the mainland. However, prior to WWII, the only way onto the island was by boat – or by foot, if you could brave the empty marsh at low tide.

The role the U.S. Navy played in the history of Topsail isn’t the only significant role this barrier island has played in military history. Prior to the U.S. Navy’s use of Topsail as a testing facility for missiles, the U.S. Army used the island (then covered in a maritime forest) as a training facility for recruits.

Did you know about the fascinating military history behind this beloved island in North Carolina?