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Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:00am
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am
Trails

Nearly 9 miles of trails wind through a variety of distinct habitats at Carolina Beach State Park. Relatively flat and easy to walk, the trails offer an opportunity to observe the diversity of plant and animal life in the park. Insects may be plentiful during the warmer months; repellent is recommended. To avoid becoming lost, stop by the visitor center or marina for a trail map. Pay close attention to trail markers. Horses are not allowed on the park's trails.

 


Campground Trail
Location: Visitor Center; can be accessed from Sugarloaf Trail and family campground

Description:

This trail begins and ends at the visitor center and briefly joins the Sugarloaf Trail. Much of this trail winds through a coastal fringe sandhill forest, dominated by longleaf pines and live oaks.

 


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
blue circle

Carolina Beach TRACK Trail
Location: Connects picnic area and campgrounds

Description:

This section of the Snow's Cut Trail is designated as a self-guided trail for kids. Activity brochures may be found at the picnic area trailhead and at the family campground trail access near campsite #20.

 


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
0.25 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
red diamond

Fitness Trail
Location: Carolina Beach Recreation Center

Description:

This wheelchair-accessible loop has several exercise and activity stations set up along the way. This trail is located off of 7th Street, with parking at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center.

 


Surface: gravel

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
yellow circle

Flytrap Trail
Location: Parking area at the end of Nature Trail Lane

Description:

This wheelchair-accessible trail loops through pocosin wetlands and longleaf pine and wiregrass savanna communities. Venus flytraps can be seen along the edges of the pocosins. (Please stay on the trail to avoid damaging these small and fragile plants). Wildflowers bloom along the trail. Parts of the trail travel along wooden boardwalks.

 


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk

Length:
0.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
orange diamond

Oak Toe Trail
Location: Spur off Sugarloaf Trail

Description:

This trail spurs off the Sugarloaf Trail and journeys to the Marsh Overlook. It offers views of the Cape Fear River and brackish marsh and sightings of fiddler crab, dwarf palmetto and oak toe lichen.

 


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
0.25 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
blue diamond

Map of North Carolina

 

Contact

Office: 910-458-8206
Marina: 910-458-7770
carolina.beach@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

Park office

1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

GPS: 34.047297, -77.906605

 

Mailing address

P.O. Box 475
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

 

Hours

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