Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach

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Carolina Beach State Park is a North Carolina state park in New Hanover County, North Carolina. It covers 761 acres (3.08 km2) on Pleasure Island. The state owns 420 acres (1.7 km2) of the park in fee simple, and the remainder of park land is leased from the Department of the Army. The park is located along the Cape Fear River and Snow's Cut (part of the Intracoastal Waterway).

Pocosin wetlands, a type of wetland that supports rare carnivorous plant species, are found in the park. Carnivorous plants found at this park include Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, butterworts and bladderworts.

The park features six miles of hiking trails. Other amenities include a marina, campsites, picnic area, and a visitor's center featuring natural history exhibits.

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  • We stayed here for a month in the campground and loved it. Sunsets by the marina are gorgeous and the park is well maintained. 
    We stayed here for a month in the campground and loved it. Sunsets by the marina are gorgeous and the park is well maintained.  more »
  • Beautiful campground with wooded/shaded sites. There are only 9 full hook up sites and no wifi. Our site, $14, needed the grass cut and there were weeds in the fire pit area. Otherwise, a... 
    Beautiful campground with wooded/shaded sites. There are only 9 full hook up sites and no wifi. Our site, $14, needed the grass cut and there were weeds in the fire pit area. Otherwise, a...  more »
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  • Carolina Beach State Park is sure to impress with its numerous trails and offerings. The campsites are clean and private creating the perfect escape from life's hustle and bustle. Getting out to the trails is easy with well marked signposts and color coded maps. There is some hiking through loose sand, so even though the trails are marked 'easy', those with mobility issues or who struggle with walking through loose sand may want to find other options (or stick to the fitness trail) for a nature trek. Be sure to pack your binoculars as there are ample birding opportunities on the Live Oak Loop as well!
  • Great park with great trails! The visitors center is well kept and the staff is very knowledgeable of the park. There are also kayak rentals and a marina for boaters. Entry and parking is free. Make sure you are wearing mosquito repellent for your hike because there are a lot of them and they are ruthless. Sugarloaf trail is long, but very rewarding as you get to experience a little bit of all the features of the park.

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