There is a good reason why the Jolly Roger Pier is one of Topsail Beach’s greatest attractions. With its stunning views and relaxing atmosphere, it has become a local favorite for guests looking for great fishing, enjoying a stroll along the pier, or taking in the scenery.
Located in the heart of the town near our vacation home rentals, the pier offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the views and the fresh air. From this scenic landmark, you can take in sights of the Atlantic Ocean and watch the fisherman try their luck catching sheepshead, tarpon, and red drum.
In addition to the amazing views, the Jolly Roger Pier also has plenty of amenities. The pier has food, restrooms, and tables and chairs for visitors to sit and relax. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat or a cold drink while taking in the seaside sights. In addition, when the sun begins to set, the pier offers breathtaking sunsets.
Here is our guide to enjoying the Jolly Roger Pier!
About the Jolly Roger Pier
The Jolly Roger Pier on Topsail Island extends a whopping 850 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. Built by Lewis Orr in 1954, It is an area landmark that has been around for many generations. Not only is it an excellent spot for fishing, but it’s also a great place for a leisurely stroll.
Visitors can take in the sea life, including birds, fish, dolphins, and sea turtles that bob in the waves. The pier is also great for viewing sunrises and full moons as they rise from the ocean. At night, it’s fully lit and a popular destination for evening walks. Not only is it a great place to relax, but it’s also an iconic part of the Topsail Island tradition.
Because of the similarity in name, many travelers doing research online confuse the Jolly Pier with the Jolly Roger Amusement Park at the Ocean City Boardwalk in Maryland. While the Maryland pier certainly looks entertaining, it’s important to keep in mind that the Jolly Roger Pier on Topsail Island is a much more laid-back and peaceful fishing pier and not an amusement park.
Topsail Island is accessible from several major cities and airports, including Raleigh, Wilmington, Charlotte, and Fayetteville. Visitors can easily find their way to the Jolly Roger Pier on the southern end of the island, in close proximity to not just the oceanfront but the sound and marsh as well.
The Jolly Roger Pier is located off Ocean Boulevard between Flake and Crews Avenue. A parking lot can be found directly in front of the pier.
The pier has a $2 admission fee for observers.
Fishing Around the Jolly Roger Pier
The welcoming atmosphere and wide variety of fishing options make Topsail Island a perfect fishing paradise for any level of angler. The island offers something for anglers of all levels, including opportunities for pier, boat, surf, and charter fishing.
Pier fishing warmly welcomes anglers with the arrival of sea mullet in the spring. This fun panfish provides a great opportunity to enjoy some non-stop action with generous limits and a tasty reward at the end of the day.
As the temperatures and waters warm, species such as Spanish mackerel, drum, flounder, and spots make their way to the island. And when May arrives, king mackerel and cobia appear on the fishing scene.
Surf fishing is a popular activity on Topsail Island. With easy access to multiple locations, surf fishing provides a unique opportunity to access the beach with a 4-wheel drive vehicle with a valid permit from the town. The beach access is situated just a mile away from the Jolly Roger Inn, giving anglers the ability to cast a line at the Point at Topsail Inlet.
Inshore, Offshore, and Sound Fishing
Inshore, offshore, and inside sound fishing adventures await those who wish to explore the open waters of Topsail Island. Boat ramp access and fishing charters are available close to the Jolly Roger Bait & Tackle shop.
Additionally, the Jolly Roger Pier offers 24-hour fishing, food options, and bait supplies so you can stock up before you head out on your fishing adventure.
With such an abundance of fish and plenty of exciting fishing opportunities, Topsail Island has earned its reputation as one of the top fishing destinations on the East Coast.
With access to a blanket coastal recreational fishing license, anglers of all ages can enjoy the full adventure.
Kayaking, Surfing, and Paddleboarding
Topsail Surf conducts surf lessons near the Jolly Roger Pier at Beach Access Point 9 throughout the week by reservation.
Kayak fishing is especially popular in this area and allows you to get some space from competing lures on the pier. It’s easy to stock up with bait and launch from the pier’s parking lot!
The Jolly Roger Grill Oceanfront Grill
The Jolly Roger Grill offers a great country breakfast starting at 6:00 am for fishermen who want to get the first bite! An oceanfront dining room gives expansive beach and sea views with an outside patio for those who want to enjoy the sea salt air and ambiance.
Cora’s Isle End Deli
This casual spot is located just across the street from the pier. It is open from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm and offers daily specials like Cajun Bean Soup and Coconut Shrimp Salad. Cora’s Isle End Deli is the ideal place to grab lunch to go for a picnic on the beach next to the pier.
The Beach Shop & Grill
This low country-inspired spot is perfect for giving you a taste of local culinary specialties like the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich or Shrimp and Grits. It is next door to Cora’s Isle End Deli and across the street from the pier. It is a great option for dinner after a day of fishing, as it is open until 10 pm.
The Ideal Time to Visit
The Jolly Roger Pier is open all year round, but the best time to visit is during the summer months. During this time of the year, the weather is typically warmer and more pleasant. Plus, there’s always a chance to see a school of dolphins or a pod of whales swimming in the ocean.
There are benefits to coming in the off-season, however. The pier tends to be very quiet during the fall and winter months. There are usually fewer people around during these times, and you can also have the pier all to yourself.
Enjoy the Jolly Roger Pier
From great fishing and delicious seafood to relaxing on the beach, the Jolly Roger Pier is deserving of a stop when staying at a vacation rental on Topsail Island.
So grab your fishing rod or kayak and head to the pier for a memorable day by the ocean!