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50 at 50 | October 20

Posted By MICHELLE WELLS, NC RECREATION & PARK ASSN, Friday, October 20, 2017
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017
This week I headed to a meeting in Sneads Ferry and if you don’t know where that is, get out your NC map, look toward the coast and you’ll find it just inland from Surf City and that is the site of this week’s new to me park visit. Soundside Park is aptly named as it sits along the sound’s edge overlooking the Intracoastal waterway. There is a lot happening in this small space with fishing piers, boat ramp, picnic shelters, boardwalk with educational displays, chairs around the boardwalk for watching the world go by, amphitheater and playground. The playground at the park was funded by the Surf City Town Council along with the former Volunteer Surf City EMS Squad. This is the first time I’ve seen a “climbing fish” as part of the playground, and it was very impressive.

While I was there, I saw a number of trucks pulling boats heading to the boat ramp. There were children playing on the playground and what appeared to be a grandfather and grandson walking along the boardwalk. A sign at the entrance to a section of the boardwalk caught my eye. It was a hiking icon with the initials MST. I had found a portion of the Mountains to Sea Trail. The park is also the site of the Surf City Summer Market with arts, crafts and produce each Tuesday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The day of my visit had near-perfect weather, and the only complaint I have about my visit is that it wasn’t long enough. I could have spent the rest of my day there watching boats go by and the bridge swing open and close to accommodate waterway traffic.

If you make your way to Surf City or Topsail, add a stop to Soundside Park to your agenda. For more information on Soundside Park or to view their slideshow visit

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