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PARK CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE   

Carolina Beach State Park is closed until further notice. For your safety and the safety of park staff, please do not enter the park while it is closed. Staff are working on clearing storm debris, and the park will reopen once safety hazards have been removed.

 Posted on: Monday, September 24, 2018
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.

 

Campground Trail
Location: Visitor Center; can be accessed from Sugarloaf Trail and family campground
Description:

This trail begins and ends at the visitor center and briefly joins the Sugarloaf Trail. Much of this trail winds through a coastal fringe sandhill forest, dominated by longleaf pines and live oaks.

 

Point of Interest:
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue circle
Campground Trail at Carolina Beach State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Carolina Beach TRACK Trail
Location: Connects picnic area and campgrounds
Description:

This section of the Snow's Cut Trail is designated as a self-guided trail for kids. Activity brochures may be found at the picnic area trailhead and at the family campground trail access near campsite #20.

 

Point of Interest:
Length:
0.25 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red diamond
TRACK Trail at Carolina Beach State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Sand
Fitness Trail
Location: Carolina Beach Recreation Center
Description:

This wheelchair-accessible loop has several exercise and activity stations set up along the way. This trail is located off of 7th Street, with parking at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center.

 

Point of Interest: FItness stations along the trail
Length:
1.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
yellow circle
Flytrap Trail
Location: Parking area at the end of Nature Trail Lane
Description:

This wheelchair-accessible trail loops through pocosin wetlands and longleaf pine and wiregrass savanna communities. Venus flytraps can be seen along the edges of the pocosins. (Please stay on the trail to avoid damaging these small and fragile plants). Wildflowers bloom along the trail. Parts of the trail travel along wooden boardwalks.

 

Point of Interest: Venus flytraps, wildflowers
Length:
0.50 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
orange diamond
Flytrap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park
Surface: Natural surface, Boardwalk
Oak Toe Trail
Location: Spur off Sugarloaf Trail
Description:

This trail spurs off the Sugarloaf Trail and journeys to the Marsh Overlook. It offers views of the Cape Fear River and brackish marsh and sightings of fiddler crab, dwarf palmetto and oak toe lichen.

 

Point of Interest: Marsh Overlook
Length:
0.25 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
blue diamond
Oak Toe 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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March, April & Oct: 7am - 9pm
May - Sept:  7am - 10pm
 

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Visitor Center 
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Marina
Dec & Jan 8am - 5:30pm
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Fuel Dock
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