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Trails

Seven 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 annoying during the warmer months; repellent is recommended. To avoid becoming lost, stop by the visitor's center or marina for a trail map. Pay close attention to trail markers. Bikes and horses are not allowed on the park's trails.

 

Campground Trail
Location: Begins and ends at the visitor center but can be accessed from the Flytrap Trail, Swamp Trail, Sugarloaf Trail and, of course, the family campground.
Description: Much of the trail leads through a coastal fringe sandhill forest. This plant community, dominated by longleaf pines and live oaks, is threatened and becoming very rare.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue circle
Carolina Beach's campground trail
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Carolina Beach Track Trail
Location: Connects the picnic area and campgrounds
Description: The Carolina Beach State Park TRACK Trail follows the Snow’s Cut Trail. This out-and-back trail is an easy 0.5 miles round-trip, connecting the picnic area and campgrounds. The trail features views of some of the largest pine and hardwood trees in the park. Have fun as you travel the trail, exploring the park and discovering its wonders! Activity brochures may be found at the picnic area trailhead and at the family campground trail access near campsite #20.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red diamond
Fitness Trail
Location: The trail begins and ends at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center on Seventh Street.
Description: This trail is a pleasant, one-mile wheelchair-accessible trail that loops through diverse habitats. There are several exercise and activity stations set up along the way. This is a multi-use trail for bicycle and foot traffic only. No motorized vehicles allowed.
Point of Interest: FItness stations along the trail
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
yellow circle
Flytrap Trail
Location: The trail begins and ends at the parking area at the end of Nature Trail Lane
Description: Flytrap Trail is a pleasant three-tenths of a mile loop through pocosin wetlands and drier longleaf longleaf pine and wiregrass savanna communities. Parts of the trail travel along wooden boardwalks. Please stay on the trail, which is marked with orange diamond, to avoid damaging small and fragile plants.
Point of Interest: Venus flytraps can be seen along the edges of the pocosins, and native orchids bloom along the trail.
Length:
0.35 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
orange diamond
Surface: Natural surface
Oak Toe Trail
Location: The trail is a spur off the Sugarloaf Trail
Description: Journey to the Marsh Overlook, viewing dwarf palmetto and oak toe lichen along the way. Great views of the Cape Fear River await, and the brackish marsh is a great place to see fiddler crabs navigating the mudflats along the boardwalks.
Point of Interest: The Marsh Overlook
Length:
0.35 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue diamond
The sandy Oak Toe Trail at Carolina Beach
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Contact:

Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Road PO Box 475
Carolina BeachNC 28428
Phone910-458-8206
910-458-7770 Marina
carolina.beach@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 34.047297
Longitude: -77.906605

Park Hours:

All park facilities are closed on Christmas Day.

Park
Dec & Jan: 7am - 6pm
Feb & Nov: 7am - 7pm
March, April & Oct: 7am - 9pm
May - Sept:  7am - 10pm
 

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily

Visitor Center 
8am - 5pm daily

Marina
Dec & Jan 8am - 5:30pm
Nov & Feb:  8am - 6:30pm
March, April, & Oct: 8am - 8:30pm
May - Sept: 8am - 9:30pm

Fuel Dock
Nov - Feb: 8am - 5pm
March, April, Sept, Oct: 8am - 7pm
May - Aug: 8am - 8pm