Due to recent heavy rains in the area, several trail sections are experiencing soggy, wet or flooded conditions. Check in with park staff at the visitor center or marina store upon arrival to learn which trails are the driest. Areas along State Park Road may also have water standing on the roadway, especially during heavy rain events. Please drive carefully and slowly through any standing water on roadways.Posted on: Monday, August 13, 2018
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Carolina Beach State Park offers access to a variety of waters. The fresh waters of the Cape Fear River, the estuarine waters of Masonboro Sound and the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean are all only moments away. A 54-slip marina with two public boat ramps is located at the junction of Snow's Cut and the Cape Fear River. Fuel, snacks, along with fishing and camping supplies are available at the marina store. Restrooms and a laundry room are also available. Showers are provided for slip renters. Please contact marina staff for current fee schedule for boat slips and daily ramp fees.
Tidal waters may be rough at times; exercise cautious seamanship. You can check the tidal currents at Orton Point from the NOAA website, and the North Carolina drawbridge schedule from the DOT website.
Paddle NC is a seasonal concessionaire at the park who offers kayak and stand-up paddle board tours and rentals. Please view their website at paddlenc.com or contact them by phone at 910-612-3297 for additional information.
Swimming is prohibited throughout the park due to dangerous currents and sharp drop-offs existing near the shores.
Fish from the river bank, the wheelchair-accessible fishing deck or launch your boat at the marina. Spot, flounder, sheepshead and speckled trout are waiting at Carolina Beach State Park. A North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required to fish in the park.
The Carolina Beach State Park picnic area is located near the bank of Snow's Cut, between the campground and marina. Under the shade of large oak trees, tables and grills supply all the necessities for dining. A wheelchair-accessible site is available. Water, restrooms and parking are conveniently located nearby.
Learn more about area attractions at the Wilmington and Beaches Convention Visitors Bureau.
Carolina Beach State Park
All park facilities are closed on Christmas Day.
Dec & Jan: 7am - 6pm
Feb & Nov: 7am - 7pm
March, April & Oct: 7am - 9pm
May - Sept: 7am - 10pm
8am - 5pm daily
8am - 5pm daily
Dec & Jan 8am - 5:30pm
Nov & Feb: 8am - 6:30pm
March, April, & Oct: 8am - 8:30pm
May - Sept: 8am - 9:30pm
Nov - Feb: 8am - 5pm
March, April, Sept, Oct: 8am - 7pm
May - Aug: 8am - 8pm