There's A Tiny Town In North Carolina Completely Surrounded By Breathtaking Natural Beauty
From the mountains to the coast, North Carolina is filled with charming small towns in all kinds of scenery. From nestled in mountains to settled along the intracoastal waterway, things get extra pretty here. One small town that usually flies under the radar is located in one of the most beautiful settings.
Located on the coast of southeastern NC, Southport is just a hop,skip and a jump away from Wilmington but retains its own beachy vibe. Southport has been described as a 'little slice of heaven' and this is indeed true. Its location along where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean makes for beautiful scenery everywhere you look.
You might even recognize Southport having never stepped foot here, that's because several TV shows and movies have used the charming town as the backdrop, including Dawson's Creek and A Walk to Remember. The Southport Marina is a central part of the small town but reflects the maritime heritage that dates back to the town's founding as Smithville in 1792.
The downtown Riverwalk introduces you to the laid back, waterside culture of the town while also providing stunning views along the way. There's also the "Marsh Walk," a long boardwalk that begins at Brunswick Ave near the edges of downtown and leads you through a variety of coastal landscapes. You'll be treated to views of the Cape Fear River, Elizabeth River, and miles of water views that define Southport and make it such a coveted destination.
The marsh walk seems to end in the middle of nowhere, but that's part of the fun. The walk itself is a reclusive nature trail sectioned between multiple boat docks. The walk is just 1/18th of a mile but is great for bird watching and seeing Southport from a new, scenic vantage point.
Another great part of Southport is easy ferry accessibility to places like Bald Head Island.
the slice of paradise without cars.
If it's for a day or a weekend, BHI is an incredible getaway that takes you away from the real world. Southport is also in close proximity to Oak Island beach if you're looking for a spot to lay your towel for a nice beach day.
Downtown Southport offers a charming array of shops, restaurants, and museums. The downtown is the perfect mix of laid back coastal town meets southern elegance. The Southport Historical society offers walking tours through the town.
A popular historic destination is the Old Brunswick County Jail. Full of history and interesting stories it is indeed one of the most popular spots for history buffs exploring the coastal region of North Carolina.
If you want to simply immerse yourself in the surrounded beauty, a great stop is the Southport Waterfront Park. The 9 acre park is on a breathtaking location bordering downtown streets and Cape Fear River waterfront. Wooden chairs are dotted throughout so visitors can sit back and enjoy watching trawlers and ships coming in and out the intracoastal with the day's catch.
While Southport is pretty simple in concept- a laid back beach town with stunning views - it's the simplicity that makes it so unique. If you find yourself in Wilmington or looking for a new and rarely explored coastal destination, plan a trip to Southport.
Southport is such a charming town and a well-kept secret. Have you visited before? Do you live here now? What are some places or sights you’d recommend for tourists?
While you’re on the coast, make sure to visit the nearby
Shackleford Banks – a hidden slice of paradise with crystal clear water.
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