Southport City Pier, Waterfront Park and Riverwalk

Southport is full of coastal beauty. The historic seaside town is nested against the Cape Fear River as it meets the Atlantic Ocean, offering stunning water views, bright colorful sunsets, and a wide variety of coastal wildlife. Picturesque views of the water can be admired from all over the town. Three of the favorite local spots are the Southport City Pier, Waterfront Park, and the Riverwalk.

Located at the corner of Howe and Bay Street, the Southport City Pier sits at the waterfront of historic Downtown Southport overlooking the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Stroll down the pier to take in the salty breeze and appreciate the expansive water views. Watch sailboats pass by, and fishing boats return with their daily catch. See what fishermen are catching or bring your own rod out to try your luck! Sheepshead, mullet, trout, and bluefish are frequently caught. The pier is free to use year-round and is handicap accessible.

Adjacent to the pier is Waterfront Park. Rows of benches and swings welcome you to sit and enjoy the views, catch up with a friend, or simply just relax. At sunset, pinks, oranges, and reds paint the sky, providing a stunning view. Coastal wildlife can be watched, with pelicans, egrets, ibises, and herons frequenting the area in search of fish. As you look out into the distance, the Oak Island Lighthouse can be spotted across the way. Right across the street from the park sits a row of historic homes displaying 19th century architecture. Several seafood restaurants are located nearby including Oliver’s on the Cape Fear and Moore Street Oyster Bar. During the summer months, ice cream trucks frequent the area offering a sweet treat.

Riverwalk trail begins at the City Pier, and travels along Bay Street to the west. The trail continues around the Old Yacht Basin and wraps back to a boardwalk along a peninsula. The trail is featured on the NC Birding Trail, and wooden signs guide you along the way. Although the walk is a short .7 miles, there is a lot to see among the salt marches, and beach. Take a nice stroll to appreciate the coastal beauty, learn about the area, and unwind among nature.

The town of Southport offers so much coastal beauty, and the City Pier, Waterfront Park and Riverwalk are three perfect locations to appreciate nature and wildlife. We encourage you to visit these destinations for yourself to see why so many others have fallen in love with this charming seaside town.