• Parks and Recreation

  • Brunswick County North Carolina

    There is a plentiful amount of outdoor activities that can be done while in Brunswick County.

    Calendar of Events 

    Bird Watching – More than 200 species of birds can be seen in the area, including the wood stork. Visit the Twin Lakes Section of Sunset Beach or Bird Island for prime bird watching. Battery Island, managed by the National Audubon Society, rests in the middle of the Cape Fear River and is a nesting area for ibises and pelicans.

    The Green Swamp – This area is 15,000 acres preserved by the Nature Conservancy and is known for dense vegetation and wildlife. The Swamp is home to endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers and black bears. You can also find 14 species of carnivorous plants, including the Venus flytrap, here. For a trail map and driving directions, visit www.nature.org or call 910.395.5000.

    Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve – This 174-acre area is located near Winnabow and features 15 trails. Ev-Henwood is open to the public for hiking, photography, bird watching, nature appreciation and research. Visit www.uncw.edu/ba/pplant/arboretum/evhen.html or call 910.962.3107 for more information.

    Oak Island Nature Center and Ocean Education Center – The Nature Center offers live animals on display, movies, games, activities, walking trails, a floating dock, a T dock and a sheltered picnic area. The Ocean Education Center features information about the Sea Turtle Protection Program, movies, games and create your own Pet Rock. Call 910.278.4747 for more information.

    Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve – The Preserve encompasses 6,600 acres, including a three mile nature trail. This area is owned by the State of North Carolina and managed by the Nature Conservancy. For a trail map and driving directions, visit www.nature.org or call 910.395.5000.

    Southport Trail – The Southport Historical Society’s Southport Trail is a self-guided one mile walk through the city that winds around the riverfront to the Southport Marina. Visit the Southport Visitors Center for more information.

    Holden Brothers Produce, Inc. – Pick-your-own tomatoes, strawberries and more are offered in-season. You can also buy fresh produce and specialty items. Call 910.579.4500 for more information.

    Indigo Farms is a family farm that goes back six generations on this land.The market has a garden center, produce, and bakery items. Also, there is a barnyard behind the market where the wonders of farm life can give you a glimpse of awe and inspiration. 910.287.6794.

    Shelton Herb Farms-Seven Generations of fresh produce and herbs. They grow many varieties of herb and vegetable plants. They offer a selection of native plants, butterfly and bee plants. They grow fresh-cut herbs, micro greens and edible flowers for local restaurants and caterers. 910.253.5964. 

    Greenlands Farm - The farm is enrolled in the Voluntary Agriculture District (VAD) which is a farmland conservation program. Greenlands Farm practices sustainability and low impact design (LID) on our farm, a growing ‘green’ trend in managing stormwater.
    CSA and MORE: In addition to your vegetables and fruits. 

    Brunswick County Botanical Garden The Brunswick County Botanical Garden has extensive collections of Hollies, Azaleas and Crape Myrtles.  Specialty gardens are highlighted by a waterfall and reflecting pond - Roses, Sunny Perennials, Southern Live Oak Shade, River Birch Natives, a secret garden and an Edible Landscape Demonstration Garden. All of the plants in this 'Plants Man' (CPP) garden are labeled and cared for by Master Gardener Volunteers. The Botanical Garden is located in Government Center off Old Ocean Highway (17 Business), outside of the NCSU Cooperative Extension Office Building N. The Garden is open everyday and free to the public.

  • Throughout our county, there are seven public parks:

    Leland Community Park
    Village Road NE, Leland, NC
    910.371.9606 1490

    Lockwood Folly Park
    Green Swamp Road, Supply, NC
    910.754.8414 430

    Northwest District Park
    Andrew Jackson Hwy NE, Leland, NC
    910.371.9222 1937

    Shallotte District Park
    5550 Main Street, Shallotte, NC

    Smithville District Park
    8340 River Road SE, Southport, NC

    Town Creek District Park 
    Ocean Highway East, Winnabow, NC
    910.253.4610 6420

    Waccamaw Park
    5855 Waccamaw School Road NW, Ash, NC.

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation

    Our goal is to promote quality of life for all by offering safe parks and facilities, creative recreation programs, quality community relations, while fostering a keen stewardship towards the environment. To learn more go to: www.brunswickcountync.gov