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Ways to Stay Active in Wilmington and Beaches

The best surfing, hiking, and trail running experiences in Wilmington and Beaches

Ways to Stay Active in Wilmington and Beaches

When it comes to the outdoors, Wilmington and Beaches has just about everything to offer.

In addition to the miles and miles of sandy coastline for boating, standup paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing, Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach offer hiking trails, a state park filled with native carnivorous plants, and a historic fort hugged by oak trees.

There are a number of ways to stay active in Wilmington and Beaches. Below is a rundown of the best surfing, paddleboarding, trail running, biking and hiking, as shared by the area's notable locals.

Surf and SUP in Wrightsville Beach

Surf Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach’s waves attract a range of water sports, especially surfing and stand up paddleboarding.

Here, we've listed the Top Surf Breaks in Wrightsville Beach. For the perfect weekend experience, spend the morning exploring Wrightsville Beach’s top surf breaks, then head out to SUP in the afternoon.

There are plenty of local businesses that rent surfboards and paddleboards. A few offer lessons as well!

Trail Run at Carolina Beach State Park

Trail Run at Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach State Park in Carolina Beach has a few easy and flat hiking and running trails, in addition to hundreds of acres of campgrounds and wetlands, as well as docks to launch your boat.

Carolina Beach State Park's trails range from less than half a mile to three miles long, so there’s something for all activity levels. For more about trail running, you can read The Ultimate Weekend Itinerary in Wrightsville Beach for the Person with an Active Lifestyle.

Bike from Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach

Biking The Loop

Wilmington's local musician Randy McQuay recommends biking from downtown Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach. “If you're the outdoorsy type, you can travel with your bike right from downtown Wilmington all the way out to Wrightsville. You can grab breakfast at a spot like The Dixie Grill and literally ride your bike through Midtown, out past Airlie Gardens all the way out to Wrightsville Beach, where you can pick up The Loop. The whole thing is called the River to Sea Trail.”

Walk around Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

At Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach, you can learn more about the area's history at the museum and visitors center. Stay active by walking around the site and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding oak trees.