Cape Fear North Carolina is a headland located on the eastern shore of the United States along the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Fear is the southern most part of North Carolina, and the Cape Fear River which drains to the coast near the headland is a habitat for all kinds of interesting Cape Fear wildlife, including squirrels, deer and more. Also located in the town of Wilmington, home to Cape Fear, is the Cape Fear North Carolina Museum. When combined with a trip to the beach at Cape Fear, the museum is a great way to spend an afternoon and learn all about this southern section of North Carolina.
The currents of Cape Fear North Carolina have shaped the beach of the Cape Fear headlands, and this long shore current is one of the most unique of any coastline in the United States. Sand dunes have formed due to these unique patterns, making the area a great place to go beach lovers who want to explore the sand and drift up and down the dunes. Cape Fear North Carolina also mirrors the Outer Banks of North Carolina in that the area has become a graveyard for sunken or lost ocean ships, as the currents draw these vessels to the shores of Cape Fear toward the Cape Fear River. Cape Fear is a national park, with operating hours during daylight hours. You do not need to purchase any kind of pass to enjoy the park.
An excellent compliment to viewing Cape Fear in person is checking out the nearby Cape Fear Museum, which offers additional information about Cape Fear wildlife along the headland and the Cape Fear River. The mission of the museum is to gather information about this interesting area and also to protect the area by providing information about it unique aspects to the public. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and $1 for children under age 17. The museum is open from 9am until 5pm Monday through Saturday, and from 1pm until 5pm on Sundays. Between Labor Day and Memorial Day the museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
One of the most popular exhibits at the museum is the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery. This section of the museum gives information about Cape Fear wildlife occupying the different areas of the region, including the Upland Forest, the Maritime Forest and the Bottomland. Hands-on exploration of shark's teeth, fossils, animal skeletons found in the region and interesting sea shells are located throughout this section of the museum.
Both the museum and the cape itself are great ways to spend an afternoon or an entire day. The history of the place includes early colonies from the 17th century as well as the history of Native American tribes throughout the region. Some old canoes and other tools and devices found around Cape Fear can also be seen at the museum in Wilmington. Wilmington is also less than 2 hours from the North Carolina city of Fayetteville, which in turn is not far from Pinehurst for golfing or Charlotte for even more siteseeing. You can find Fayetteville hotels, Charlotte hotels or any number of bed and breakfasts within this vicinity.