The Wilmington area offers everything you would want in a coastal residence including several area boardwalks. These include downtown Wilmington’s Riverwalk, the newly-expanded Carolina Beach boardwalk and the one-mile boardwalk located inside the central, natural area in the master-planned community of Brunswick Forest.
The Riverwalk at downtown Wilmington is perhaps the city’s most iconic walkway. This gorgeous boardwalk borders the Cape Fear River and offers a majestic view of the Battleship North Carolina and the city’s charming, historic buildings. Walkers and joggers will love the fact that the Riverwalk is now longer and was recently expanded to run past the Wilmington Convention Center and the new Port City Marina.
Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Carolina Beach, North Carolina has had some form of its boardwalk since 1887 when the small beach town opened as a resort with a single hotel and pavilion. Since then, the boardwalk has experienced a number of revivals, including the addition of the all-new 750-foot long wooden boardwalk along the ocean. This new boardwalk features 16-foot wide walkways, ADA-approved beach accesses, swings, benches and foot baths. Along with the construction of the new boardwalk in 2015, the town saw facilities improvements in the Boardwalk District and the construction of a brand new Hampton Inn hotel. Visitors to the new wooden boardwalk should not miss visiting Britt’s Donut Shop in the boardwalk district where, since 1939, the owners have been serving up their delicious glazed donut to masses of hungry beach-goers.
Brunswick Forest Boardwalk
Just outside of Wilmington in nearby Leland, North Carolina, the community of Brunswick Forest offers more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails including the unique boardwalk which meanders through the community’s central natural area. The boardwalk is not just for walking and biking. There is also an outdoor classroom as well as signs on the trees indicating their species name so visitors can learn as they take in the natural beauty of Southeastern North Carolina. Also built along the walkway are benches for prime viewing of wildlife.