Carolina Beach State Park

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Carolina Beach State Park

North Carolina

(919) 733-4181

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Overview

With a marina providing access to some of North Carolina's best fishing spots, a secluded camping area beneath towering trees, and miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats--not to mention the presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most unique carnivorous plants--it's no wonder Carolina Beach State Park is a popular coastal attraction. Located in an area steeped in both history and natural diversity, the park includes a visitor's center with exhibits depicting the wonders of its environment. Visit Carolina Beach State Park to relax, enjoy nature or embark on an eye-opening adventure. Carolina Beach State Park offers access to a variety of waters. The fresh waters of the Cape Fear River, the estuarine waters of Masonboro Sound and the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean are all only moments away. Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Carolina Beach State Park. In addition to the multiple educational programs offered at Carolina Beach State Park, the park visitor's center features environmental education exhibits. Fish from the river bank, the wheelchair-accessible fishing deck or launch your boat at the marina. Six miles of trails wind through a variety of distinct habitats at Carolina Beach State Park.

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Latitude, Longitude: 34.045343, -77.904123

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Activities

  • Boating

    Carolina Beach State Park offers access to a variety of waters. The fresh waters of the Cape Fear River, the estuarine waters of Masonboro Sound and the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean are all only moments away. A marina with two launching ramps and 42 boat slips is located at the junction of Snow's Cut and the Cape Fear River.

  • Bicycling

    In all parks, bicycles are permitted only on those trails or other park areas specifically designated for their use.

  • Camping

    The park's family campground is located in a wooded area near Snow's Cut. Pine and oak provide shade for 83 campsites. Two camping areas for organized groups are located along Swamp Trail and are available by advance reservation only. One site accommodates up to 25 people; the other accommodates up to 35 people. These areas include picnic tables, fire circles and pit toilets. Water and shower facilities are not available. This area is accessible by foot only.

  • Climbing

    Be careful, because many rare plants live on thin soils and wet rocks, and are vulnerable to damage from climbing, trampling and scraping.

  • Fishing

    Fish from the river bank, the wheelchair-accessible fishing deck or launch your boat at the marina. Spot, flounder, sheepshead and striped bass are waiting at Carolina Beach State Park. A North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required to fish in the park.

  • Hiking

    Six 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.

  • Historic Sites

    Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Carolina Beach State Park. In addition to the multiple educational programs offered at Carolina Beach State Park, the park visitor's center features environmental education exhibits.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Motorized vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and not permitted on park trails.

  • Picnicking

    The Carolina Beach State Park picnic area is located near the bank of Snow's Cut, between the campground and marina. Under the shade of large oak trees, tables and grills supply all the necessities for dining. A wheelchair-accessible site is available. Water, restrooms and parking are conveniently located nearby.

  • RVing

    The family campground includes RV sites. Hookups are not provided for recreational vehicles, but a dump station is available.

  • Water Sports

    Carolina Beach State Park offers access to a variety of waters. The fresh waters of the Cape Fear River, the estuarine waters of Masonboro Sound and the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean are all only moments away. A marina with two launching ramps and 42 boat slips is located at the junction of Snow's Cut and the Cape Fear River. Fuel, snacks and restrooms are available at the marina. Showers are provided for slip renters. Tidal waters may be rough at times; exercise cautious seamanship.

Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

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(919) 733-4181

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