Today is #NationalTakeAHikeDay! Hop on one of Pender County's many trails like the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail or Visit Moores Creek National Battlefield and hike the same path that revolutionary soldiers did. Visit the Town of Burgaw and hop on the Osgood Greenway and Urban Trail and walk past historic sites and famous filming locations. Or if you're looking for something more adventurous check...

If you’re feeling like nothing good has happened this year let us offer you a little ray of sunshine. There were one-hundred-seven sea turtle nests on Topsail beaches over the summer, and almost all of them hatched. We lost only one to a hurricane, and the fate of the three nests laid very late in the season will depend on how cold it gets over the next few weeks. But by and large those ambitious turtle mamas...

Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks and Recreation created a 2021 wall calendar featuring favorite photos from the Nature Photo Contest conducted last March. “We highlighted some of the winning photographs as well as photos that were judges’ favorites,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County Tourism Director. “We also included important community events, such as the Anniversary of the...

It’s been a frustrating year for everybody, but especially for hospital staff. Normally at this point we would have welcomed about 50,000-to-60,000 visitors to our hospital through our public tours, and we’d be continuing those tours through mid-December. But this year: zip. Covid has kept us locked inside, but thankfully, by being vigilant with masking we’ve managed to keep Covid totally out of the...

It Matters Where You Shop! We are encouraging residents to shop virtually and online with our local businesses to give unique and beautiful gifts this holiday season. Pender County loses sales tax money to our surrounding counties when we shop outside our home county. This year, more than any other year, we need to support our local businesses. These are the businesses that support our community throughout the year....

Did you miss the Ghosts of Pender's Past Drive-In Movie Theater? Done differently this year, our talented local actors created scenes for a Ghost Walk Movie, hear tales of mystery about Pender County. Well, never fret we may not be able to publish Stephen King's Silver Bullet but below is where you can watch Ghost Walk: The Movie! Watch your favorite local actors and actresses in tales from Pender County. Just...

Pender County Tourism's new video has been released. Take a vacation to the Beach You Remember, in a county brimming with history, culinary delights, and outdoor adventures. COVID and safety conscious, Pender County, Topsail Beach, Surf City, and the Town of Burgaw our county seat are great places to explore anew! Great beach vacations, historic sites, and culinary delights can be found in Pender County, NC,...

Our goal is to get all our businesses registered with this statewide program! Statistics show that businesses are more successful if their customers feel safe in their establishments. Join us to learn how the Count On Me NC program can benefit your business! Count On Me NC is a public health pledge and online free curriculum/course that once completed, gives businesses a logo and sign they can display at their...

Big flippers, little flippers and every size in between left their mark on Topsail in the past few weeks. In between hatchings, hurricanes and rip currents we managed to get thirty-one of our “graduates” back home. Most of these guys and gals had been with us since they cold-stunned last winter so saying that everybody, everybody was ready for a change of scenery would be an understatement. Of course, with...

Join us for a new spin on the Ghost Walk of Pender’s Past at our Drive-In Movie Theater. Come see what our talented local actors have created for the Ghost Walk Movie and hear tales of mystery about Pender County. The Ghost Walk Movie will be followed by Burgaw’s first movie production, Stephen King’s Silver Bullet (1985). Watch closely cause you may recognize familiar places and familiar faces. Gates...

October is National Seafood Month! October is National Seafood Month and the Pender County Tourism department created a guide to fresh seafood in & around the county with our seafood trail. Follow the Seafood Trail and celebrate National Seafood Month all month long, We're the seafood capital of the Carolinas, so why not promote all of the fresh seafood available? Follow our Seafood Trail that highlights...

THE HAMPSTEAD PUMPKIN PATCH By Angie Major and Bill Pearson The annual “Pumpkin Patch” in Hampstead is alive and well at Hampstead United Methodist Church (HUMC) even during this unsettling year. Starting with the famous “Pumpkin Toss” event on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9am and continuing every day until Oct. 31. The patch welcomes patrons Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, and Sunday,...

Visit our Taco Trail, Pender County Style! Maybe its “Taco Tuesday,” or not, but if you are like me you may usually crave tacos any day of the week. Let us take you on our own version of a taco trail all found right here in Pender County! Let’s here start in Burgaw! Have you tried El Mirasol Mexican Grill and Store? They serve up traditional Mexican Cuisine. Enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, tacos...

Pumpkins and crisp cool weather are sure signs that fall has arrived. We have created a list of things to do this fall: Visit a farm & pumpkin patches Visit a Farmers’ Market Hike or Walk the MST Visit Moore’s Creek National Battlefield Visit the NC Birding Trail Kayak Visit our parks Beach sweeps, volunteer to clean up the beaches Get Coffee and Take the Hometown Hollywood Film Tour Drive In...

Seafood Trail Our Guide to fresh seafood in & around the county! In the mood for fresh caught seafood? Are you a lover of seafood and shellfish? Pender County offers an array of seafood & culinary delights, with restaurants that range from casual dining to family owned lunch counters to waterfront seafood or to take home. Have your pick from our many seafood restaurants that are influenced by your traditional...

The Rotary Clubs of Surf City and Coastal Pender will be operating the 2nd Annual “Pumpkins for a Purpose” PUMPKIN PATCH October 17 through October 31, 2020 at Treasure Coast Landing, next to Shipwreck Point Miniature Golf. In addition to a large variety of pumpkins, the Patch will feature a Photo Op Station. This family friendly event will be open the following hours: SATURDAYS: October 17: 1-7 PM, October...

We’re pleased to partner with @USTravel on their #LetsMakePlans & #LetsGoThere campaign designed to stimulate travel and tourism. Tavel is essential to tourism, creating jobs, supporting our economy, growing businesses and enhancing our daily lives. https://explore.letsgothere.travel/state/north-carolina

Our friends at Ward Realty recently sat down with well-known local photographer, Rachel Carter, to share tips on taking great beach photos. Q. What is your number one tip to improve our photography? A. Light is so important. The best light for photography is an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset – with the rising or setting sun to the photographer's back. Q. What are your favorite things to...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Q: Why did the large green mama sea turtle cross the road? A: She was determined to bury what was probably her last clutch of eggs before she headed home one last time for some well-deserved R&R. Our Turtle Project volunteers were awestruck by the effort that it took for her to drag her very large body hundreds of yards from the shore to a vacant lot on the other side of a street...

Take a tasty journey with us on the Topsail Sweet Tooth Trail. We have updated our trail with more of your favorites! This trail begins on the mainland in Hampstead and then onward to Surf City. Our first stop is Burney's Sweets and More which serves cakes, donuts, sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, and their famous Cronuts filled with tasty creams and fruit gels! You must taste their cronuts! Then let’s...

Sea Turtle Hospital News The Topsail turtle mamas are officially off the clock at the end of August and are heading back out for a well-deserved rest after blessing us with over one-hundred nests. You just never know what kind of a year you’re going to have so this much activity was certainly a welcome surprise. Now that the hard work is done, at least by the turtles, it’s up to the babes snuggled down in...

BURGAW – Pender County Tourism announced the launch of Pender County Film Tours with the Hometown Hollywood Film Tour in Downtown Burgaw. The Pender County Tourism department created the Hometown Hollywood Film Tour, a walking tour based on the locations from well-known films and television series filmed within Pender County focusing on the Historic Downtown Area of Burgaw, the Courthouse Square, and familiar...

Sea Turtle Hospital News What a difference year makes. We’re all living in the time of Covid, and by now you’re aware of how it’s turned our usual summer at the hospital upside-down. No tours: no chance for you to meet our patients and learn about their success stories; no beaches filled with cheering crowds waving goodbye to our turtles as they head back home. Bummer of a summer for all of us. But...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Hatchlings rule! By Karen Sota Although our turtle mamas are still technically “on the clock” with the official nesting season continuing through this month it’s their babies that have taken over the spotlight. We’re hoping that our nest count keeps climbing to that hundred mark, but for now hatchlings rule. With the patter of thousands of tiny flippers on Topsail...