Masonboro Island has long been a popular spot for surfers, boaters and kayakers. The 8.4-mile long barrier island is completely undeveloped and is protected by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, so kayakers, especially, like to head out here to get away from civilization.
New Hanover County made getting there much easier when it recently bought property at the end of Trails End Road off Masonboro Loop Road in Wilmington. This new county park offers ample parking and a boat ramp. The island is just across the Intracoastal Waterway, you can see it from your parked car.
If you kayak there, be sure to wear a life jacket and watch out for speeding boats. The ICW is very busy. The best times to cross over to the island are in the early morning or on weekdays when boat traffic is at its minimum.
Date posted: April 2, 2009