Bald Head Island Vacations Provides Vacation Rental Homes, Property Management, Real Estate Sales and Worry Free Property Care Programs. Twenty minutes off North Carolinas coastline, where the Cape Fear River empties into the Atlantic Ocean, Bald Head Island welcomes guests arriving by passenger ferry or private yacht. Transportation is by golf cart and there are no high-rises except for "Old Baldy", North Carolina's oldest lighthouse, circa 1817. In addition to 14 miles of unspoiled beaches, and 2000 acres of dunes, Bald Head Island boasts a lush maritime forest and 10,000 acres of salt marshes and tidal creeks. The island treasures and protects its natural resources through the efforts of the Bald Head Island Conservancy Group. Community volunteers work with UNC-Wilmington marine biologist to sustain the indigenous loggerhead turtles.