Masonboro Island

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Masonboro Island
Masonboro Island.JPG
Masonboro Island as seen from the mainland.
Location Masonboro Township /
Federal Point Township,
New Hanover County
Coordinates 34°07′32″N 77°51′29″W / 34.12556°N 77.85806°W / 34.12556; -77.85806Coordinates: 34°07′32″N 77°51′29″W / 34.12556°N 77.85806°W / 34.12556; -77.85806
Area 0.721 km2 (0.278 sq mi)
Highest point
United States
State North Carolina

Masonboro Island is a barrier island in New Hanover County, North Carolina. The island, which is undeveloped and accessible only by boat, is a component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve and a North Carolina State Natural Area.[1][2] It lies south of Wrightsville Beach, separated by Masonboro Inlet, and north of Carolina Beach, separated by Carolina Beach Inlet. The island is a destination for boating, surfing, and camping.

Masonboro Island is a mix of marshes, dunes and tidal flats, with beaches along its Atlantic coastline and a chain of small hills and wetland islands along Masonboro Sound, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. The beaches are a nesting ground for loggerheads and green sea turtles, and the waters on the sound side of the island are a nursery for spot, mullet, flounder and pompano.[3]


  1. ^ a b MPA Global
  2. ^ "Size of the North Carolina State Parks System" (PDF). North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. January 1, 2011. pp. 1–4. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 6, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ NC Coastal Reserve Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine.
Preceded by
Wrightsville Beach
Beaches of Southeastern North Carolina Succeeded by
Carolina Beach