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The Cape Fear River
Wilmington: The Port City
Wilmington in the 21st Century
Greater Wilmington and New Hanover County     
Statistical Data
       Wrightsville Beach      
   Figure Eight Island
   Monkey Junction
Masonboro Island

  Carolina Beach
Kure Beach
  Fort Fisher
Brunswick County (49 bytes)Southport (49 bytes)
Bald Head Island (49 bytes)
Oak Island (49 bytes)
South Brunswick Islands (49 bytes)
Calabash (49 bytes)
Pender and Onslow Counties (49 bytes)Topsail Island and Vicinity
Area Chambers of
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Area Overview

spacer.gif (818 bytes)Greater Wilmington and the Cape Fear region from Topsail Island in the north to Sunset Beach and Calabash in the south are geographically, socially, culturally, economically and historically tied to the water. While the ocean gets top billing in terms of geographical attraction, it was the existence of a relatively narrow river that gave rise to successful European settlement. The Cape Fear River, a deep, often fast-moving body of water begins as a trickle near Greensboro, North Carolina, meanders through Fayetteville and empties into the Atlantic Ocean 30 miles south of downtown Wilmington.