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The shoreline at Carolina Beach State Park
Dump station has reopened   

The park's campground dump station is open again for use after the removal of a high hanging limb overhead that had resulted in its closure since the passage of Hurricane Florence. Registered overnight campers may use the dump station for free; all others must pay the $20 dump fee at the park's marina store.

 Last updated on: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tree removal - please exercise caution   

Professional tree crews have begun the removal of hanging limbs and hazardous leaning trees from the park's picnic area and campground. These hazards are the result of Hurricane Florence and were deemed too dangerous and technical to be handled by park staff. Please be cautious around these areas where tree crews are working, and prepare for short delays as debris removal is done along park roadways.

 Last updated on: Thursday, January 10, 2019


Carolina Beach State Park is located off US 421 in New Hanover County on Dow Road, 10 miles south of Wilmington. From Raleigh, take Interstate 40 east. After approximately 122 miles, the interstate turns into NC 132. Continue south on NC 132, driving through Wilmington. US 421 will join NC 132; continue south on US 421. After driving across Snow's Cut Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, turn right at the second stoplight onto Dow Road, and follow the signs to the park entrance, which is on the right on State Park Road.

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Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Road PO Box 475
Carolina BeachNC 28428
910-458-7770 Marina
Latitude: 34.047297
Longitude: -77.906605

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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

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily

Visitor Center 
8am - 5pm daily

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