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Carolina Beach State Park, Carolina Beach

(4.4/5 based on 280 reviews on the web)
Carolina Beach State Park is a North Carolina state park in New Hanover County, North Carolina. It covers 761acre on Pleasure Island. The state owns 420acre 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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  • The state park is free admission and has availability for overnight camping for a fee. It is one of the only areas in the entire world you can see Venus fly traps native, along with many other more co...  more »
  • We found the visitor center and employees informative. The weather was great. There are several trials but we were limited on time and hiked along part of the Cape Fear River. A lot of friendly people...  more »
  • We went during the off season, so we missed the pitcher plants and Venus flytraps on the Flytrap Trail. Be sure to go in the summer if possible. A few really nice photographic opportunities around the...  more »
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  • The park itself has hiking trails, which are really nice. Close to several beaches in the area. We stayed at the campground for a night in the summer. Like all other NC State Parks, the prices are very reasonable. Facilities were good. The campground is in the woods, which has advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is, that there is very little air movement. It was by far the hottest night I've ever had in a tent. I highly recommend bringing a small battery powered fan for the tent. Also, bring bug spray and/or mosquito coils. I believe they close the gate at 10pm. Not sure what you what do if you stayed out later than that.
  • We had a great time visiting the marina then going for a hike around the trails at the park. We were happy to find out they let dogs on the trails as we always have more fun when we can bring our two dogs! Everything was well maintained! We will be going again.
  • Nice state park with camping, hiking trails, and access to the Cape Fear River. The Flytrap Trail is a wheelchair-accessible trail close to a parking lot and if you search carefully you will find small Venus Flytraps growing along the trail.
  • The park is great ! I've had so many good times here. The staff was helpful and friendly. The park was well kept . I spotted several wild birds and the raccoons weren't a problem. I want to give 5 stars ,but I can't. The parks slamming trash can lids pollute the environment with noise day and night. They do have new log cabins that sleep 6. The park is a mile from the boardwalk where Britt's doughnuts shop is located . All of Carolina Beach is really family friendly and fun
  • Hammock-camped here for 3 days. Campsite is pretty good, toilet/showers were clean & well maintained, there's also a boat launch site that looks well run. Trails were also well kept and were fun to hike. Word of warning though: it's a marsh state park, so expect LOTS of bugs. Bring bug spray, and a good bug net.