Smith Creek, Wilmington’s urban nature getaway

Smith Creek

Although most of the natural landscapes that we work in are in the surrounding counties of Wilmington, you don’t have to look far to find some quiet nature in this bustling urban sprawl.  Smith Creek is a small winding waterway that meanders right through the heart of Wilmington.  Our project director Dan Ryan lives right next to the creek and uses it every weekend to escape from city life for a little while.  He is always surprised how much nature is lurking in this urban natural landscape.  Thanks for the great pictures Dan!

great blue heron

Smith Creek starts on the east side of I-40 and runs past the airport then flows into the Cape Fear River just north of downtown Wilmington.  On a calm day kayakers can enjoy paddling all the way to downtown where there are several places to dock your boat and enjoy a walk and maybe some lunch.

red-shouldered hawk

For more information on kayaking Smith Creek contact our office at 910-395-5000.

Happy Valentines Day, photo courtesy of Skip Pudney

Oh and don’t forget tomorrow is Valentines Day!  Get your sweetie pie the gift that lasts a lifetime; become a member of The Nature Conservancy so there will always be places like Smith Creek to enjoy!  Visit our Ways of Giving page for more details.



About secpnc

My name is Sara Babin and I am the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy Southeast Coastal Plain program in Wilmington, NC. Our office is responsable for the maintenance and restoration of 35,000 acres of preserve land owned by The Nature Conservancy. We protect the land for ecologically significant species in hopes to ensure a lasting natural history legacy for future generations to enjoy. This blog will highlight our most exciting activities and events with much of the focus being on our controlled burn program. With this blog we hope to share the ins and outs of what we do and how it is bettering the world for plants, animals, and people.
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