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The shoreline at Carolina Beach State Park
Parks to close on Monday, August 3   

Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area will close at 2:00pm on Monday, August 3 due to approaching Hurricane Isaias. The parks will reopen when the storm passes and park staff has assessed conditions. Please monitor this page for updates.

 Last updated on: Monday, August 3, 2020

Campground closure due to Hurricane Isaias   

The campground closure because of the hurricane has been extended through Tuesday, August 4. Camping will again open to the public after the passage of the storm, when damage assessments have been made by staff and it is again safe for the public to enter.

 Last updated on: Monday, August 3, 2020

Status of park facilities as of May 22   

Campsites are open for reservation as of May 22, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed. 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 available for reservation from Fridays to Sundays. They are closed during the week for cleaning.

Trails, restrooms, the boat ramp, all marina facilities, and the picnic area are open. The visitor center remains closed.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Thursday, May 21, 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
     

 

 

 

List of 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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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/bridge

Length:
0.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
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 hike
Blaze:
blue diamond