Springer’s Point covers about 120 acres of maritime forest, tidal red cedar forest, salt marsh, wet grasslands and soundfront beach bordering Pamlico Sound near South Point. In 2002 after 10 years of research and negotiation, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust purchased a 31-acre tract of this land and established a nature preserve. A high point of land overlooking the inlet, Springer’s is believed to be the site of the earliest settlements on the island. Supposedly Blackbeard, whose real name was Edward Teach, met up with some fellow pirates here shortly before his 1718 death for several days of rum drinking, a pig roast, bonfires and music. While on his ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, in November of that year, he was killed and beheaded in a bloody battle. The deep hole just off the point is a popular fishing spot and still called Teach’s Hole.
Today the preserve is available for more serene pleasures. A half-mile stroll along the groomed trail takes you among the gnarled and ancient live oaks and maritime evergreen forest to the water’s edge, where a rookery of heron, egret and ibises can be spotted to the east. Along the trail visitors will see an old well, all that is left of a former home site. You should also take time to notice the amazing fences made of natural wood and vines. The inimitable Sam Jones, who once owned the property, is buried here, next to his horse. Thanks to the acquisition of new property in 2020, new trails and vistas are forthcoming.
Parking is not available, and you must walk or bike to access the property. Please do not block or park in the driveway of the house beside the preserve. Pets must be on leash and cleaned up after. Donations supporting maritime forest restoration can be made to the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, 131 Racine Drive, #202, Wilmington, NC 28403.