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Old 08-13-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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It's best to be careful at night, some of those alligators are truly large. Also, don't bring your dog, it will become alligator food.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:04 AM
 
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You can get around to some of the sites without a golf cart. Old Baldy is within walking distance from the ferry drop-off and there are several beach access points facing Oak Island that are accessible as well. I would say that the lighthouse is about a quarter of a mile walk up the road, although it is shorter if you cut through on the sand path.

Last time i went in September we were able to rent a cart around 2/3pm without any qualms. I want to say that it was around $40 for a few hours.

From Wilmington/Southport it isn't a bad daytrip, but you'll have to leave early and plan on driving late to come from the triangle. Be sure to check the Ferry schedule, and factor in traffic time!

Bald Head was originally an island, and one of the first place that early European settlers tried to settle, but series of storms throughout the years has connected the island to the beaches north of it. It is a lovely place, although the trip does get a bit pricey when you add together the ferry, parking for the ferry, golf cart, entry fees for places, and food.

Be sure to take a refillable water bottle!
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:05 AM
 
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It's best to be careful at night, some of those alligators are truly large. Also, don't bring your dog, it will become alligator food.
Thanks for the warning!

You know, gitting bit by one of those monsters would not be my idea of a good beach vacation.

And I noticed on one of these real estate sites on the description for vacation rentals, they left out the part about the large reptiles roaming the island and only said:

"Pristine beaches, loggerhead sea turtles, Old Baldy Lighthouse...From natural wonders to rich historical drama, Bald Head Island offers vacationers a distinctive maritime world awaiting discovery."

Not that I alligators would keep me away, but it's nice to be warned.
Thanks Dusty!

And to lgavrich, I'm so sorry about your "scariest night"! I appreciate your advice as well. I can not imagine the horror of driving around the dark in a golf cart lost for 4 hours on an island inhabited by alligators. You poor baby! But,...it sounds like you had a great time afterwards and what an awesome assignment to give yourself! Reviewing the community for your web site and newsletter. Nice. Glad you made it out in one piece.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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Thanks for the warning!

You know, gitting bit by one of those monsters would not be my idea of a good beach vacation.

And I noticed on one of these real estate sites on the description for vacation rentals, they left out the part about the large reptiles roaming the island and only said:

"Pristine beaches, loggerhead sea turtles, Old Baldy Lighthouse...From natural wonders to rich historical drama, Bald Head Island offers vacationers a distinctive maritime world awaiting discovery."

Not that I alligators would keep me away, but it's nice to be warned.
Thanks Dusty!

And to lgavrich, I'm so sorry about your "scariest night"! I appreciate your advice as well. I can not imagine the horror of driving around the dark in a golf cart lost for 4 hours on an island inhabited by alligators. You poor baby! But,...it sounds like you had a great time afterwards and what an awesome assignment to give yourself! Reviewing the community for your web site and newsletter. Nice. Glad you made it out in one piece.
Alligators are found in Wilmington as well. I have fond memories of looking over into the water on the Battleship North Carolina and seeing them swimming around. They are also found in Frisco on Hatteras Island. But I don't think they are anywhere else.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:21 AM
 
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^Think they've been found in Beaufort County as well.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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I would love to see a university study on the alligator in NC. Like I know the Frisco Woods alligators exist, but I can't find anything on the internet about it.
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Old 08-24-2010, 04:46 AM
 
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I meant to say, getting, not "gitting"

Also, I just googled alligator found on beach because I remember reading about one being found on one of NC's beaches last year. It was on Topsail.

But they had another story about an alligator spotted on Caronlina beach.
just the other day. Yikes! Here's the link.

Thanks for sharing your fond memories with us with them swimming around the Battleship.

I hope I don't ever come in to contact with one of them. But I do hear they taste like chicken. jk. That's a disgusting joke. I don't eat reptiles.
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