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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.

 

Sand Live Oak Trail
Location: South of Sugarloaf Dune and Sugarloaf Trail
Description:

This trail takes you along the river and through an ancient sand dune forest, looping around the southern end of the park before connecting back to Sugarloaf Trail. Part of this trail is on U.S. federal property. Stay on trail and follow the yellow-green diamond markers.

 

Point of Interest: Beautiful views of the Cape Fear River, rolling white sands of relic dune systems
Length:
1.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Yellow-green diamond
Sand Live Oak Trail at Carolina Beach State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Snow's Cut Trail
Location: Picnic area
Description:

This trail begins at the picnic area and follows along Snow's Cute through a pine-hardwood forest. Towering trees and scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway are seen along this trail.

 

Point of Interest: Coquina rock outcrop
Length:
0.75 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red diamond
Snow's Cut Trail at Carolina Beach State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Sugarloaf Trail
Location: Marina parking area at the end of State Park Road
Description:

This trail begins at the marina parking area and offers great birding opportunities. Journey through a coastal evergreen forest, coastal fringe sandhill forest, tidal cypress-gum swamp and longleaf pine savanna on your way to the Sugarloaf Dune, a prominent precolonial geological feature.

 

Point of Interest: Sugarloaf Dune
Length:
3.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
orange circle
Sugarloaf Trail at Carolina Beach State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Swamp Trail
Location: Accessed via Sugarloaf or Flytrap Trail
Description:

This trail begins and ends along Sugarloaf Trail. It provides access to the group camping area, as well as views of a tidal cypress-gum swamp and brackish marsh.

 

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.75 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red circle
Swamp Trail at Carolina Beach State Park
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

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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