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Carolina Beach State Park is a North Carolina state park in New Hanover County, North Carolina. It covers 761 acres (3.08 km2) on Pleasure Island. The state owns 420 acres (1.7 km2) of the park in fee simple, and the remainder of park land is leased from the Department of the Army. The park is located along the Cape Fear River and Snow's Cut (part of the Intracoastal Waterway).Use our Carolina Beach trip itinerary builder app to arrange your visit to Carolina Beach State Park and other attractions in Carolina Beach.
Pocosin wetlands, a type of wetland that supports rare carnivorous plant species, are found in the park. Carnivorous plants found at this park include Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, butterworts and bladderworts.
The park features six miles of hiking trails. Other amenities include a marina, campsites, picnic area, and a visitor's center featuring natural history exhibits.
Carolina Beach State Park reviews
This was our 1st state run RV park and it was almost completely what we hoped for. We wanted sites that had spaces between them and hopefully provided privacy, which nearly all do. There are very...
This was our 1st state run RV park and it was almost completely what we hoped for. We wanted sites that had spaces between them and hopefully provided privacy, which nearly all do. There are very... more »
Awesome campgrounds! Took my fiancee on her first camping trip and they had everything I needed to ensure her experience was a success. They have bathrooms, showers, dump stations, trails, close to...
Awesome campgrounds! Took my fiancee on her first camping trip and they had everything I needed to ensure her experience was a success. They have bathrooms, showers, dump stations, trails, close to... more »
We stayed here for a month in the campground and loved it. Sunsets by the marina are gorgeous and the park is well maintained.
We stayed here for a month in the campground and loved it. Sunsets by the marina are gorgeous and the park is well maintained. more »
Carolina Beach State Park is sure to impress with its numerous trails and offerings. The campsites are clean and private creating the perfect escape from life's hustle and bustle. Getting out to the trails is easy with well marked signposts and color coded maps. There is some hiking through loose sand, so even though the trails are marked 'easy', those with mobility issues or who struggle with walking through loose sand may want to find other options (or stick to the fitness trail) for a nature trek. Be sure to pack your binoculars as there are ample birding opportunities on the Live Oak Loop as well!
Great park with great trails! The visitors center is well kept and the staff is very knowledgeable of the park. There are also kayak rentals and a marina for boaters. Entry and parking is free. Make sure you are wearing mosquito repellent for your hike because there are a lot of them and they are ruthless. Sugarloaf trail is long, but very rewarding as you get to experience a little bit of all the features of the park.
The park is absolutely beautiful with great trails and access to the Cape Fear river bank. The campsite was affordable. The bathrooms need a little bit more maintenance considering it was a holiday weekend. And perhaps not allow large campers with generators to camp out amongst people who pitched tents... otherwise clean campsites.
I HIGHLY recommend visiting this park! We fell in love with the views here. It’s a charming little 2 mile or so walk round trip. We just stopped by and were so surprised to find this beautiful little beach! It’s a very easy walk and took us less than an hour but we also took a break to enjoy the views on the beach. We even came back and did it again during our trip. It’s a must see :)
Nice camp facilities. Friendly ranger at boat marina camp store. Beautiful quiet surroundings. Minutes bicycle ride To the shore and civilization... Your missing out if you don't plan a bucket list trip. Off-season is the most available and quiet time. November through mid-March. 72 F day on March 3, 2022.
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