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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.

 

Snow's Cut Trail
Location: Picnic area to Bridge Barrier Road along Snow's Cut
Description: The largest pine and hardwood trees in the park may be seen along this trail as well as scenic views of Snow's Cut. The Carolina Beach State Park TRACK Trail follows along the Snow’s Cut Trail to the campground, then the Snow's Cut Trail continues on along to Bridge Barrier Road. The banks of Snow's Cut are very fragile. Please stay on the trail for your safety.
Point of Interest: Coquina rock outcrop
Length:
0.75 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red diamond
Snow's Cut trail at Carolina Beach
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Sugarloaf Trail
Location: Trail begins at the end of State Park Road at the marina.
Description: An excellent place for watching water birds and exploring the tidal marsh, the trail passes through the marsh, enters a pine forest and follows the river's edge to Sugarloaf. A habitat for fiddler crab, the trail offers the opportunity to observe these crustaceans as they travel over the mudflats.
Point of Interest: Sugarloaf Dune, a prominent pre-Colonial and Civil War geological feature.
Length:
3.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
orange circle
Sugarloaf Trail at Carolina Beach
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Swamp Trail
Location: Can be accessed from the Flytrap Trail or the Sugarloaf Trail
Description: It provides access to the group camping areas as well as views of a tidal cypress-gum swamp and brackish marsh that run opposite one another along the trail. The trail ends up at the Cape Fear River.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.65 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

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