Historically Smith Island, is a village located on the east side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, North Carolina, the village of Bald Head Island is small and somewhat remote, only accessible by ferry from the nearby town of Southport. There are few cars on the island; instead, residents drive modified electric golf carts. Bald Head Island is nationally recognized for its sea turtle nesting activity. The village is revered for its picturesque nature and is a popular location for vacationing. "Old Baldy", its out-of-service lighthouse, is the oldest still standing in the state, built in 1817.