Bird Island is approximately 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) adjacent to the town of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, USA. Sunset Beach is on a barrier island and is the southernmost town in North Carolina. Bird Island can be reached by walking along the seashore toward the South Carolina border. Due to the contour of the Atlantic Coast at this point, the direction of travel to Bird Island is approximately West-Southwest. Previously, Bird Island was separated from Sunset Beach by a tidal creek (Mad Inlet) that could be easily crossed only at low tide. Accretion of ocean sand (due to hurricane activity in the 1990s as well as environmental activity to fill in dune grass) has gradually filled in the tidal creek so that two separate islands became one.
Bird Island was privately owned prior to 2002. The shoreline, dunes, and marshland of Bird Island provide important habitat and nesting for species that are endangered, threatened, or of special concern, including the Kemp's ridley and loggerhead sea turtles. Although there was no vehicular access to this land, there was the threat that the land might some day be developed. The state of North Carolina used $4.2 million of public and private funding to purchase the land and create a coastal reserve, administered by the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management.
Tony Robinson | Apr 26, 2018
The walk from the pier to The Mailbox will take awhile but some things in life are well worth it. This is one of them. Take in the beauty all around you. There is nothing quite like it. Behold this small great place of serenity.
Andrew Roszak | Mar 29, 2017
The mailbox is on a secluded portion of the beach, just North of the North/South Carolina line. If you park at the 40th Street entrance, go out to the beach and turn right (South). The mailbox is 1.52 miles down the beach. Beautiful place to rest and reflect.
Kenny Craven | May 26, 2017
This is very awesome,write a note for others to read,spread a little cheer to the world!
Shannon Conrad Wokojance | Jun 20, 2017
This is at a beautiful beach ad is a great idea!
Elayne Cummings | Nov 19, 2017
Amy Egress | Jun 10, 2018
There is nothing quite like the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. Some people come out of curiosity, others seek to find healing at this serene spot. Enjoy the natural beauty of the undeveloped beach, leave a note, or read through those left by others.
Ashley house | Jun 2, 2018
Tranquil place to stop and reflect. Leave a note!
Peggy morningstar | May 30, 2018
The walk by the ocean is great!
Kathy Learned | Jul 10, 2018
Definitely was on my bucket list to find this spot and write in the books. So glad I did! Check!!
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