Sights to See: Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, & Fort Fisher in Pleasure Island

The Carolina Beach State Park is located in Carolina Beach on Dow Road, nine miles south of Wilmington off NC 421.

The State Park offers a relaxing getaway into our natural and native environment. Just off the main road in Pleasure Island, step into Carolina Beach State Park and feel like you've escaped into a whole other world - one made for the nature lover in you complete with nature walks, hiking, camping, birding, and boating.

Boating, Camping, Hiking, & Birding at Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach State Park includes a marina with an accessible and inexpensive boat launch as well as dock slips for overnight dockage or leases running from 6 to 12 months. The marina is near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, just minutes from Snow's Cut leading to the Intracoastal Waterway. Here you have access to some of North Carolina's best fishing spots.

The park also welcomes campers and hikers, with 83 campsites beneath the pines, and plenty of hiking trails leading along the river and into the pine forest.

This is an amazing area for birding as well, with opportunities to spot hundreds of species including the Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Great Cormorant, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Pelican, Loon, Osprey, and even a Bald Eagle.

Return to Nature Right Here in Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach State Park is treasured by residents and tourists alike. Along with our beautiful beaches, this park is coveted as an escape to the peace and awe-inspiring beauty of our natural world. Explore a number of different coastal ecosystems and catch a glimpse of unique carnivorous plants, including the Venus flytrap which is native to this area.

If you love fishing, nature walks, hiking, exploring, boating, camping, or you're just looking to take your dog for a nice long walk, then a visit to this state park is a must. Be sure to stop by the Carolina Beach State Park Visitor's Center on your way in and see the exhibits and information about the park environment and wildlife as well as maps and park regulations. Pleasure Island is proud to be home to this wonderful resource for residents and visitors of all ages.

Visit the park to relax, enjoy nature, or embark on an eye-opening adventure.

Open daily. Closed Christmas Day. Call for reservations or more information:

Address: 1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Office: (910) 458-8206
Marina: (910) 458-7770
E-Mail: carolina.beach@ncdenr.gov

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