Visit this pristine barrier island that is located around five miles southeast of Wilmington. Eighty-seven percent of the 8.4 mile long island is covered with marsh and tidal flats. Masonboro Island is dog friendly and offers many attractions such as trails, camping, fishing, and beaches. The island can only be reached by boats and there are public and private boat ramps in and near Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach and at the New Hanover County Trails End Park. There are also private fee ferry services to the Reserve property. The public may utilize beach areas, open tidal flats and areas between dunes as long as the vegetation and habitat are not altered.
Please be careful of the ecosystem with your dog. Environmentalists and biologists have said that dogs running on the beach and in the dunes can disturb nesting shorebirds, several of which are on federal and state watch lists because of their declining numbers. Other concerns include impacts on sea turtle nests, contamination from uncollected dog waste and the safety of other island visitors.
MASONBORO ISLAND DOG RULES
- Dogs are allowed on Masonboro Island ON A LEASH year round.
- Dog owners must carry a minimum of two plastic bags, or other suitable plastic or paper containers.
Masonboro Island, NC