River Lights Boardwalk, Pier, & Crab Dock – Wilmington, NC

York Bridge ConceptsBoardwalks, Multiple Crossings, North Carolina, Pedestrian Bridges, Repetitive Span

River Lights Boardwalk - Wilmington, NC | York Bridge Concepts - Timber Bridge Builders

River Lights Project Overview

River Lights Development in Wilmington, NC partnered with the York Bridge Concepts™ team to activate the river’s edge, cross winding waters, and expand the community’s engagement with the property as a whole. The YBC Decero™ Design Team known for it’s attention to detail, planned every inch of this large project to provide an enhanced experience for residents and visitors alike. The River Lights Development features over 1500 feet of turnkey crossings & structures including a boardwalk, pier, crab dock, pedestrian bridge, and outdoor bar.

Boardwalk Complex with Outdoor Amenities

The boardwalk is comprised of nearly 1200 feet of continuous path meandering through the forested shoreline and connecting to the pier, restaurant, outdoor bar, and future piers. The design features seating wideouts, integrated lighting, and stainless steel wire rope handrails along a quality crafted curving path perfect for a leisurely walk. The 160’ pier extends from the boardwalk crossing the shoreline and then out over the water terminating at a large 28’ square dock head with a 14’ square pavilion. This pier was developed to have reduced shoreline impact with a site specific narrowed path & structure as well as, deck level construction nearly eliminating our environmental footprint. The 53 foot bar is an icon adjacent to the to the outdoor lounge featuring fire pits, activity lawn, and open seating area. Stretching 11 feet into the air, this Decero™ designed cantilevered structure utilizes heavy timber to anchor into the boardwalk and provide a covered seating area overlooking the river. Bathed in an earthy rich translucent oil the iconic bar structure with blackened steel details in the lighting and roof this bar is the picture of our unmatched high quality design, craftsmanship, and innovative solutions.

Customer Testimonial

"YBC provides an excellent level of service. They take a concept and put together a design that compliments the land the project resides in.  YBC performs install with a high level of care and competency and provided an excellent amenity to the already expanding boardwalk at Riverlights that has been used by residents since the day it opened."
– Andy Kerkoff, Newland Communities


  • Width:
  • 8′ Boardwalk
    8 – 10′ Pier
    6 – 20′ Crab Dock
  • Length:
  • 1190’ Boardwalk
    160′ Pier
    156′ Crab Dock
  • Height:
  • 4 – 15′ above grade
  • Capacity:
  • 85 PSF
  • Construction:
  • Ground Up / Deck Level
  • Span Type:
  • Repetitive Span
  • Material:
  • CCA/CA-C Treated Southern Yellow Pine & IPE
  • Foundation:
  • Timber Piles & Abutments (Acrylic/Polymer Coated where exposed)
  • Stringers:
  • SYP Rough Sawn Timber (Acrylic/Polymer Coated where exposed)
  • Deck System:
  • Textured Polymer Surfaced
    1-½” Timber Deck
  • Handrail:
  • Decero™ Wire Rope Design Series
  • Crossing:
  • Woodlands, Lake
  • Features:
  • Integrated Lighting, Multiple Wide Outs, Pier Connection, Covered Pavilion, Wide Out, Stairs, Outdoor Bar
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