Bradley Creek – Wilmington, NC
Bradley Creek is a quaint waterfront suburb located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Bradley Creek was named after Richard Bradley, the brother-in-law of landowner, Joshua Grainger Wright. In 1808 Wright sold Bradley 65 acres of land on “the creek”, which eventually became known as “Bradley Creek”.
This beautiful, water “creek community” is located near highways 76 and 74 and is made up of many different neighborhoods and price ranges. Some Bradley Creek neighborhoods include Southern Oaks, Bradley Creek Point, Bar Harbor Estates, and Sounds Edge, to name a few.
There are also many different styles of homes to choose from in Bradley Creek, such as luxury waterfront homes, estates, condominiums, townhomes and more.
Bradley Creek Primary and Secondary Schools
The public schools in Bradley Creek are considered to be pretty good for the area. Bradley Creek Elementary reading and math proficiency scores outranked the state average. Public schools in Bradley Creek include:
- Bradley Creek Elementary
- Willingston High
- UNCW College
- Cape Fear Community College
There are also several private schools in the area, as well as, neighboring schools within a one-mile radius of Bradley Creek.
Bradley Creek Attractions
Bradley Creek Marina
This historic, private marina has a wet area that stores slips from 22-65 feet in length and a 45 foot covered dock. The marina’s dry area includes a multilevel covered, dry storage building that holds boats from 17-24 feet in length and free standing, uncovered, dry storage racks that houses boats up to 27 feet in length.
Creekside Yacht Club
This private yacht club has 402 dry boat slips and over 6 acres of marine storage, as well as, a complete ships store, a lounge, showers and over 1000 floating docks with fuel.
Bradley Creek Trail
This 5.1 mile walking, mountain, and horseback riding trail winds through wildlife fields, natural grassy openings, hemlock and hardwood forests, a water reservoir, and a deep valley.
This foundation features breathtaking formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, views of Bradley Creek, fresh water lakes, azaleas, and a 467-year-old Arlie oak tree.
Attractions near Bradley Creek
Located just off interstate I 40, this is North Carolina’s most accessible beach. Surf, paddleboard, run, bike, and explore the creeks and waterways while basking in the sun. Alternatively, take a free guided tour of the bird sanctuary or book and excursion to Masonboro Island. Activities at Wrightsville Beach are endless.
Cape Fear Museum
Cape Fear Museum is a museum of history and science and the oldest museum in North Carolina. Originally established to preserve the Confederate memories and objects of the civil war, this museum now houses over 52,000 historical, science, and cultural artifacts.
Battleship North Carolina
Once used in battle in War World II, this battleship is now the home of admiring visitors. Listen to soldiers’ stories, or view photographs and mementos from the war, compliments of the ship’s exhibit. Gain firsthand experience by steering the ship, starting the engines, and even firing the guns.