Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach

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State Park · Nature / Park
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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  • Cold day but lovely trails and beaches. Good signage. Free to enter. Pet friendly. Visitor center closed when we arrived.  more »
  • A beautiful park with walking trails, a beautiful visitors center, and access to put your boat in. There was no cost to enter the park and it was close to the main drag in Carolina Beach.  more »
  • Fantastic place to go hiking within the area. It is great for dogs, just be cautious of other people with dogs. You can find all kinds of trails and areas to check out. I love it. I always bring water and snacks because I spend hours out there
  • Great camping spot that feels secluded but is really close to a grocery store and restraunts. Good to camp somewhere that enforces quiet hours as well. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and everyone who worked there was pleasant. One note - bring bug spray. The mosquito army is strong and organized here. Also. Do the carnivorous plant hike, very worth your time.

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