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.
Much of the trail leads through a coastal fringe sandhill forest. This plant community, dominated by longleaf pines and live oaks, is threatened and becoming very rare.
The Carolina Beach State Park TRACK Trail follows the Snow’s Cut Trail. This out-and-back trail is an easy 0.5 miles round-trip, connecting the picnic area and campgrounds. The trail features views of some of the largest pine and hardwood trees in the park. Have fun as you travel the trail, exploring the park and discovering its wonders!
Activity brochures may be found at the picnic area trailhead and at the family campground trail access near campsite #20.
This trail is a pleasant, one-mile wheelchair-accessible trail that loops through diverse habitats. There are several exercise and activity stations set up along the way. This is a multi-use trail for bicycle and foot traffic only. No motorized vehicles allowed.
Flytrap Trail is a pleasant three-tenths of a mile loop through pocosin wetlands and drier longleaf longleaf pine and wiregrass savanna communities. Parts of the trail travel along wooden boardwalks. Please stay on the trail, which is marked with orange diamond, to avoid damaging small and fragile plants.
Journey to the Marsh Overlook, viewing dwarf palmetto and oak toe lichen along the way. Great views of the Cape Fear River await, and the brackish marsh is a great place to see fiddler crabs navigating the mudflats along the boardwalks.
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