Carolina Beach Beach Getaways
Carolina Beach State Park was established in 1969 in order to preserve the unique environment along the inter coastal waterway. A portion of the land was acquired with the first state expenditure for parkland since the purchase of Mount Mitchell in 1916.
The park is home to the rare Venus flytrap and other species of insect-eating plants. There are a variety of habitats where you will be able to identify more than 30 species of coastal trees, shrubs and flowering plants.
Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March/October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am-10 pm. Office hours: 8 am-5 pm daily. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.
The park offers a marina that will enhance your enjoyment of the Cape Fear River and adjoining waterway where excellent fishing and boating opportunities await. There are five miles of easy trails throughout the park. A picnic area located near the bank of Snow's Cut between the campground and the marina. Twelve tables and 12 grills supply all the necessities for dining under the shade of large oak trees. Water and modern restrooms and parking are conveniently located nearby.
Fish from the river bank or launch your boat at the marina. Spot, flounder, sheepshead and striped bass are waiting to be caught at this park. 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 water of the Atlantic Ocean. A marina with two launching ramps and more than 40 boat slips is located at the junction of Snow's Cut and the Cape Fear River. Fuel, snacks, fishing, camping supplies and restrooms with showers are available. Tidal waters may be rough, exercise cautious seamanship.
Carolina Beach State Park is one of the few vacation places you can spot the rare insect-eating plant, the Venus flytrap. A park ranger is available to help point them out. Special programs are also held throughout the year. Check with the park office for details. Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--Plants that Bite Back. Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8. Introduces students to basic plant biology, focusing on carnivorous plants. Major concepts covered include: plant adaptations, endemic species, habitat, endangered species, prescribed burning and other resource management techniques, land use planning, and stewardship.
The marina complex is wheelchair accessible. There's an accessible fishing pier and a campsite in Area 2 available for persons with disabilities. Carolina beach vacation rentals offer you an opportunity to explore Carolina State Beach Park and allow you to fully enjoy your vacation.