Beachside to Boardwalk Family Fun in Carolina Beach
Located on more than 6000 acres, this preserve includes a bounty of rare flora and fauna, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, a variety of carnivorous plants, rough-leaf loosestrife and a variety of orchids. The preserve contains more than 400 vascular plant species, some of which are nearing endangerment due to over-collection, habitat destruction and other variables. Visitors can walk through a portion of the fragile acres that make up the preserve. The trail begins at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center just off Hwy 87. This site is also featured on the NC Birding Trail. Species of interest include brown-headed nuthatch, summer tanager, blue grosbeak, indigo bunting, and winter sparrows.