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10 places in the U.S. where bikes and boats rule

Oct. 12, 2011, 12:51 p.m.
Bald Head Island

Photo: Bald Head Island Limited

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Bald Head Island, N.C.

Located at the tip of Cape Fear and accessible only by boat is Bald Head Island. Although it has a rich history — it played a part in two American wars and was once a pirate hideout — today the island is a quiet, picturesque vacation destination. More than 80 percent of Bald Head is conservation land where visitors can enjoy nature hikes and view sea-turtle nesting areas, but the only way to get around is by foot, golf cart or bicycle.