Freeman Park, Carolina Beach Rules and Regulations

Freeman Park Recreation Area


Freeman Park Ordinance

Additional Information and Park Rules

Please be aware that it is illegal to possess Spirituous Liquor & Fortified Wine per N.C. General Statute.

Horseback Riding Ordinance


Residents and visitors have long enjoyed the beach area now known as Freeman Park. In fact, the area has become one of Carolina Beach's major attractions. Whether coming to the area to fish, swim, go boating, crabbing or casting for minnows, people love Freeman Park. They are drawn to the beautiful beach with its variety of wildlife, dunes and majestic sea grasses indigenous to the region.

Season permits may be purchased by completing attached permit application.

Please Note: Season permits will be mailed on the day the application is received.

The cost of the season permit is $100.

Permit applications are not required for daily passes. Daily passes may be purchased for $20.00 at the entrance of Freeman Park. Weekend passes are available at $40 for 2 days and $50 for 3 days. Credit cards are accepted.

To receive a permit to Freeman Park, please mail a check payable to Town of Carolina Beach along with your permit application and a copy of your drivers license, vehicle registration and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office, 1204 N. Lake Park Blvd., Suite D, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 or call (910) 458-4614.

Season permits may be purchased in person at the Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and at Carolina Beach Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.




Season Permits are also on sale 7 days a week at the following locations:

Island Tackle and Hardware

801 North Lake Park Blvd.

(910) 458-3049

Canal Drive Scotchman

354 Canal Drive

(910) 458-6324


Parks and Recreation Center

1121 North Lake Park Blvd.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

(910) 458-2977

Scotchman #119

808 South Lake Park Blvd.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

(910) 458-6325

Walgreens Drug Store

1361 North Lake Park Blvd.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

(910) 458-1835

Midway Mini Mart

901 Carolina Beach Ave. North

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

(910) 707-0282

Brew Thru

910 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428

(910) 458-2739


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NOTE: Effective immediately the Town of Carolina Beach is no longer offering a $60 annual pass. All annual passes will be $100 and will be available on December 1, 2012. The cost of a Freeman Park Daily pass will remain at $20.

Freeman Park is the name of the undeveloped north end of Carolina Beach, NC stretching from the end of Canal Drive all the way to the inlet near Masonboro Island. People driving vehicles with 4 wheel drive capacity can drive right on the beach with either a $20 day pass purchased at the gate or a $100 (effective May 15, 2010) Freeman Park 4WD Vehicle Access Permit purchased at specified locations.

Bring your surfboard, your ocean kayak, your surf fishing gear, your camping gear, or just your towel and a good book to enjoy the fun and freedom of Freeman Park. You can even bring your dogs on the beach - but please observe the leash law in effect.

The following are the Official Freeman Park Rules and Regulations:

Do not walk or drive on the dunes or disturb the dune fencing and signs. This is a no trespassing area subject to fines of $100.00 up to $1,000.00 and may result in immediate permit revocation.

Littering of any kind is strictly prohibited. Do not leave any type trash on the beach. This includes but is not limited to cigarette butts, fishing tackle, campfire remains, pet waste, and other trash. Littering fines are $50.00 for first violations and $100.00 for each following violations. If you bring it in, take it out.

No glass containers are allowed on the beach. There is a $100.00 fine for violation. Waste water from self-contained vehicles must be kept in a holding tank and may NOT be emptied in Freeman Park.

Wooden shipping pallets are not allowed within the Freeman Park boundaries.

Driving on the Beach
Maximum speed limit for driving on the beach is 15 mph. No vehicles parking or driving on wet sand. No driving is allowed between the water line and the high tide crest.

Cutting circles or otherwise defacing the beach is prohibited. Be safe and courteous to others.

Campfires are allowed all year. All fires must be in approved fire pits. Camping and/or fires in designated areas only. No camping or fires are allowed within 25 feet of dune or vegetation line. Burning of trash or construction grade materials is not allowed. Natural wood only. Fires may not be left unattended and must be extinguished with water, NOT SAND. You must clean up after your fire.

Dogs are allowed between October 1st and March 31st off leash as long as they remain under voice command and the owner is within a reasonable distance from the pet. Dogs are not allowed on the public beaches of Freeman Park from April 1st to September 30h without a leash. The owners of a dog(s) who harms or causes offenses or damages to the public, or who deposits waste upon public land or property, will be held responsible for such action and immediate waste clean up. Dog owners must carry a plastic bag, or other suitable plastic or paper container, that can e used to clean up and contain dog waste until it can be disposed of in an appropriate container. The bag must be produced and shown upon request.

Clean up after your pet. Failure to do so will result in a $50.00 fine.

Sea Turtles & Other Wildlife
Sea Turtles are protected by the Endangered Species Act. It's unlawful to harass, harm, capture, or collect sea turtle eggs, live or dead hatchings, juveniles or adults. Violators can be prosecuted under civil and criminal laws and assessed heavy penalties.

Do not shine lights or snap flash photos at wildlife. Turn off all lights in the immediate vicinity of turtle nests.

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