Bald Head Island, off the southern shores of North Carolina is a 6 mi2 (16 km2) island, accessed only by ferry, for guests, and by barge, for construction. It is steeped in history, playing a part in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Feared by seamen, it is well protected by 30 mi (48 km) of shoals right off the cape into the Atlantic Ocean, known as the Frying Pan Shoals. North Carolina is famous for its barrier islands that