About Mockhorn Island
Mockhorn Island is comprised of over 7,000 acres of tidal marshlands. The major vegetation is saltmarsh cordgrass, but on the few high hummocks that are mostly scattered on the western side of the island is a mix of loblolly pine, red cedar, wax myrtle, green brier, honeysuckle and poison ivy. The management goal for this marsh island is to maintain it in its current natural state. Before visiting, please familiarize yourself with site use policies and hunting and trapping seasons.
Mockhorn Island has a very colorful history dating back several centuries. During colonial times, it supported a salt production business. Pirates (including Blackbeard) and Confederate soldiers used it as a place to hide from authorities. The island had never seen major development since much of the terrain is comprised of vast flats of cordgrass and thin upland hummocks. In the late 1920s, a pioneering couple built a self-sustaining homestead on the south end of the island that included a hunting lodge replete with all the trimmings of the well-to-do. Their solution to Mockhorn’s low elevation was miles of seawalls made of concrete. They buffered their home and cordoned off pastures with four-foot-high concrete barriers. Their many outbuildings, walkways and feeding troughs were made of concrete too. Remnants of the homestead still exist and are well worth exploring.