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Southport Riverwalk


The Southport Riverwalk Trail begins near the city pier and heads west along Bay Street and rounds the small bay of the yacht basin before winding back to a boardwalk on a small peninsula. Wooden signs mark the trail along the way. The pier provides an overlook for the Cape Fear River and Battery Island, which is a prime nesting site for terns and ibis. At the city pier, watch for Sandwich, Least, and Royal Terns in breeding season and Bonaparte's Gull and waterfowl in winter. Proceed west on the trail. At the corner of Bay and Lord Streets, there is boardwalk access to the small beach area. American Oystercatchers and shorebirds may be found here. Continue west around the yacht basin, watching for herons and other wading birds. At the trail's end, walk out on the boardwalk through the salt marsh to the gazebo. You may find Clapper Rail, Seaside Sparrow, and Painted Bunting in the marsh and the cedars and bushes that line the boardwalk. At the gazebo, scan the spoils island across the Intracoastal Waterway for wading birds, Painted Buntings, and raptors. Rarities may include American White Pelican in winter and Swallow-tailed or Mississippi Kite in late spring.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Seaside Sparrow, Painted Bunting, raptors, terns


salt marsh, maritime forest and shrub, beach

Access and Parking

Parking is available at Waterfront Park and along Bay Street. Maps of the Riverwalk Trail may be picked up at the Visitor Center, at 113 West Moore Street. The Visitor Center is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday - Saturday. The Riverwalk may be accessed any time of day. Strictly honor ?No Parking? signs, especially near the Southport Marina, and do not use private piers.


If arriving from NC 211 South (Southport-Supply Road SE), Waterfront Park is 1.5 miles beyond the intersection of NC 211 (Howe Street) and NC 87. When NC 211 turns to the left in downtown Southport, stay straight toward the water. The parking lot for Waterfront Park is directly ahead, at the intersection of Howe and Bay Streets. The guided portion of the trail begins just west of the parking lot. If arriving by the NC Ferry, enter Southport from NC 211, which becomes East Moore Street. Turn left on Howe Street, which ends at Bay Street. The parking lot at Waterfront Park is across from the intersection of Howe and Bay Streets.

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