Oak Island/Holden Beach Paddle Trails
In the Oak Island/Holden Beach area there are seven such designated paddle trails ranging in length from two miles to seven. The trails explore the various protected waterways behind the barrier islands and offer a variety of beginner-friendly paddling experiences. One option: the 6-mile Davis Creek Trail, which starts not far from the boat rental (see below) and heads east, crossing under the Middleton Street Bridge and ends at Heron Park. Close to vacation houses on Oak Island, yet providing a worlds-away escape from another day on the beach.
Didn’t bring a boat? No problem. You can rent one from the Oak Island Recreation Center for $15-$21 for a four-hour stretch.
More info and maps here
Getting there: From NC 211, go south on Middleton Street, then right on Oak Island Drive to 24th street. Map here.
Length: From 2 to 7 miles
Time to complete: 2 to 5 hours
Location: Oak Island/Holden Beach
City: Oak Island
Put-in latitude: 33 55.228
Put-in longitude: -78 21.944