For decades, thousands of visitors have made the pilgrimage to the Kindred Spirit mailbox on uninhabited Bird Island. All kinds of people, young and old, joyous and in pain have written down their innermost thoughts and feelings in the mailbox’s journals.
It is estimated that over 100,000 people may have visited the Kindred Spirit over the years, which is amazing considering it’s location on the undeveloped, quiet beach of Bird Island.
It’s a bit of a hike from Sunset Beach over to the mailbox on Bird Island, but it is worth the effort if you’re the kind of person who appreciates this sort of thing.
Just keep walking until you see an opening in the sand dunes in the distance. You’ll see a jetty in the distance.
Next to an old weathered bench is the Kindred Spirit community mailbox. Inside you’ll find several journals, some pens and the hopes and dreams and grief and pain of the people who have left their innermost thoughts on the pages within.
A large part of the mailbox’s allure is that the folks who write in its journals are able to be as anonymous as they wish to be.
The remote, pristine location on an uninhabited island with the sea air and sounds of seabirds and the gentle surf lends itself to people’s baring of their innermost soulful thoughts.
Anyone who feels drawn to the islands of North Carolina should put a trip to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox high on their “Bucket List”!
The best way to get to Bird Island is to start at the Public Beach Access located at West 40th Street on Sunset Beach NC. Take the access to the beach, and head Southwest (away from the pier). You can either walk or ride a bike, it is about 1.5 miles from the 40th Street access to The Kindred Spirit Mailbox.
The Mailbox is a little hidden but it’s visible from the beach. If you reach the jetty you’ve gone a little too far.