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Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Rd., Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428 USA

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“Hike Along the Quiet Beaches!”

Carolina Beach State Park is a North Carolina state park in New Hanover County, North Carolina. It covers 761 acres (3.1 km²) on Pleasure Island at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. With a marina providing access to some of North Carolina's best fishing spots, a secluded camping area beneath towering trees, and miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats - not to mention the presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most unique carnivorous plants - it's no wonder Carolina Beach State Park is a popular coastal attraction. Located in an area steeped in both history and natural diversity, the park includes a visitor's center with exhibits depicting the wonders of its environment. Visit Carolina Beach State Park to relax, enjoy nature or embark on an eye-opening adventure. The Cape Fear Indians lived in and around the area that is now Carolina Beach State Park, prior to European settlement. Mainly occupying the land along the Cape Fear River and its tributaries, the small tribe grew hostile to early settlers and, in 1715, participated in an uprising against Europeans in the area. The Cape Fear Indians were defeated and left the area by 1725. Artifacts of the native culture, including pottery fragments, arrowheads and mounds of oyster shells, have been found in the area. Early attempts at colonization in the area were unsuccessful, mainly due to conflicts with the Cape Fear Indians. Pirating, common in the area during colonial times, also contributed to the struggles of early settlers. In 1726, a permanent settlement was established along the lower Cape Fear. The newly settled land became an important arena for commerce when the English crown designated the Cape Fear River as one of five official ports of entry. Agricultural and timber products, naval stores, shipping and trade formed the basis of the economy.

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Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Rd.
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
28428 USA

Hours

Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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State park or forest
Back In RV Sites Count
15
Max Stay
14
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Year Round
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Year Round
Sites Count
79
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  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
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  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Big Rigs
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  • Cabin Sites
  • Firewood
  • Laundry
  • Potable Water
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
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  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
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