One year into a pandemic that has rapidly altered our daily lives and changed the way we spend time outdoors, many people have taken to nature for solace, fitness, and safer socialization. Fortunately for us in southeastern North Carolina, with our temperate coastal climate, it’s easy to take year-round advantage of the amazing natural beauty that surrounds us. From avid walkers to those that are reconnecting with nature, the Wilmington, NC area offers several options to get you out there. From the Historic Downtown Riverwalk to the Wrightsville Beach Loop, to the Brunswick Riverwalk and the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, you can enjoy self-guided history tours, birdwatching, people-watching, or engage in some nature therapy. See our list below of some great places to enjoy an amazing view and get some accidental exercise.
Wilmington Riverwalk. With its stunning waterfront scenes, there’s no question why the Wilmington Riverwalk was voted America’s Best Riverfront in USA TODAY’S 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. With nearly 2 miles of Riverwalk stretching along the Cape Fear River, you can enjoy strolling past restaurants, boutique shops and other attractions with the Battleship NC as your backdrop.
Greenfield Park and Lake. Visitors can enjoy a beautiful five-mile walking/biking trail that meanders around the lake and through the lush native landscape. The paved path offers wonderful scenic views of the lake.
The Loop at Wrightsville Beach. Just over two miles of sidewalk, the Island’s loop offers views of the Intracoastal Waterway, Banks Channel, and scenic salt marshes. Jump across the street and dip your feet in the ocean or walk up the beach.
Brunswick Riverwalk Park at Belville. Enjoy a 2/3-mile nature trail and boardwalk, restroom facilities, and a deck overlooking the Cape Fear River, the park is committed to the environment and educational facilities.
Carolina Beach Boardwalk. During the summer, the Boardwalk is full of life and bustling with sound of music and children playing. Off season events also make the boardwalk a special place to take a stroll. Treat yourself to some homemade Britt’s donuts, they are totally worth it, and maybe take the long way to the car to get those extra steps in.
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