Island Creek

This is a very beautiful, wild tidal creek in northeastern New Hanover County. The creek is bordered by tall marsh forests for its entire length. It widens gradually and finally empties into the Northeast Cape Fear River. There at the mouth of the creek are two small islands, one with solid ground which is a great place to take a break and enjoy the views before returning.

DIRECTIONS: Take Holly Shelter Road east from Castle Hayne. At the Pender County line (there is a sign) is the bridge where you put in and take out; park on one of the shoulders. The creek quickly becomes clogged with branches and trees if you paddle south of the bridge, so head north towards the river.

Difficulty Moderate due to possible downed trees and logs in the upper reaches of the creek
Hazards Possible downed trees and logs (clear in Jan. 2003)
Time 2-3 hours round-trip (6 miles to the Cape Fear River and back)
Extended Trip Option Shuttle and do a one-way trip to Castle Hayne
Serenity Completely wild for its entire length - this and PRINCE GEORGE CREEK are the most remote wilderness areas in New Hanover County. However, be aware of duck hunters in season!
Map Island Creek Map!

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