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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
     

 

 

 

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.

 

 


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.

 


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
1.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
Yellow-green diamond

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.

 


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
0.75 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red diamond

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.

 


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
3.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
orange circle

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.

 


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
0.75 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red circle