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The shoreline at Carolina Beach State Park
Current status of park facilities   

Trails, restrooms, the boat ramp, picnic area, and all marina facilities are open.

The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter.

Campsites are open for reservation, including group campsites. As previously noted, one loop of the campground is closed for construction, while the other remains open. Please be prepared for construction noises and traffic changes. Camper cabins are open and available for reservation. Cabins may be closed and unavailable during the week for cleaning.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Carolina Beach State Park


Contact the park
 

910-458-8206

carolina.beach@ncparks.gov

 

Marina

910-458-7770
 


Addresses
 

Visitor center

1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

GPS: 34.0472, -77.9066

 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 475
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
 


Hours
 

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  • December to January:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • December to January:
    8:00am to 5:30pm
     
  • February:
    8:00am to 6:30pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:30pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:30pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:30pm
     
  • November:
    8:00am to 6:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Educational programs

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Carolina Beach State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information. To arrange a special exploration of Carolina Beach State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Carolina Beach State Park have been developed for grades 5-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Carolina Beach program introduces students to basic plant biology, focusing on carnivorous plants. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

Visitor Center

In addition to the multiple educational programs offered at Carolina Beach State Park, the park visitor center features environmental education exhibits. Carnivorous plants dominate the exhibit hall at the Carolina Beach State Park visitor center. The hall is open 8am to 5pm daily. Displays allow visitors to look deeper in the diversity of carnivorous plants in the park. From Venus flytraps to pitcher plants, from butterworts to bladderworts, the hands-on exhibits allow for interactive learning about these intriguing species. Exhibits include:

  • Biodiversity of the Park: Several static displays on the biodiversity of the park explain the coquina rock outcrops, the limesink ponds, and the five carnivorous plants found in the park. Prescribed burning plays a large role in this biodiversity. There is a static display describing this program as well.
  • A computer video on the carnivorous plants in the park: Visitors can watch a short video on the carnivorous plants found in the park and how they catch their prey.
  • Interactive Carnivorous Plant: Allows visitors to experience how these fascinating plants capture their prey.
  • A maze game from the perspective of an insect: Visitors attempt to navigate a ball, which represents an insect in the park, around a maze without taking a wrong turn and being eaten by a carnivorous plant.
  • Touch table: Build a structure with tree parts. Explore the contents of the side pockets. This small table has lots of interesting items for young visitors to discover.
  • Where do I live? Raccoons, fox, deer, birds, snakes and frogs all call Carolina Beach State Park home. Magnetic boards of three habitats found within the park allows young visitors to match the correct animal with its habitat.
  • History of the area and of the park: Located along the walls in the visitor center hallway there are static displays showing the history of the area and of the park.

Conveniently located near the park’s entrance, the visitor center and exhibit hall are wheelchair accessible. Call the park office for more details.

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 10:00am