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.
This route takes you along the river and through an ancient sand dune forest, looping around the southern end of the park before connecting back into Sugarloaf Trail. Part of this trail is on US Federal Property. Stay on trail and follow the yellow-green diamond markers.
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.
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.
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.
Carolina Beach State Park
All park facilities are closed on Christmas Day.
Dec & Jan: 7am - 6pm
Feb & Nov: 7am - 7pm
March, April & Oct: 7am - 9pm
May - Sept: 7am - 10pm
8am - 5pm daily
8am - 5pm daily
Dec & Jan 8am - 5:30pm
Nov & Feb: 8am - 6:30pm
March, April, & Oct: 8am - 8:30pm
May - Sept: 8am - 9:30pm
Nov - Feb: 8am - 5pm
March, April, Sept, Oct: 8am - 7pm
May - Aug: 8am - 8pm