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Camping at Carolina Beach State Park

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Overview of Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach State Park is a coastal area located in New Hanover County in North Carolina. Known for its natural beauty, the park features coastal habitats and is famous for its fishing opportunities, especially along the Cape Fear River. It's an ideal spot for those interested in outdoor activities like hiking, boating, and bird watching. The park is also renowned for its unique carnivorous plants, including Venus flytraps.

Camping Information

Facilities: The park offers a range of camping facilities, including:

  • Campsites for tents and trailers with no hookups.
  • Sites with water, electric hookups, and sewage hookups for RVs.
  • Group camping areas.
  • A few walk-in tent sites for a more secluded camping experience.

Reservations and Fees:

  • Reservations can be made online or by calling the park office.
  • Fees vary depending on the type of campsite and amenities. Check the latest fees on the North Carolina State Parks website or by contacting the park directly.

Check-In/Out Times:

  • Typically, check-in time is in the afternoon, and check-out is by noon. Exact times should be confirmed during booking.


  • Restrooms with showers are available for campers.
  • Picnic tables and grills are often provided at each campsite.

Activities and Attractions

Hiking Trails:

  • Carolina Beach State Park offers various hiking trails of different difficulty levels, including the popular Flytrap Trail which gives visitors a chance to see carnivorous plants in their natural habitat.


  • The park is a hotspot for anglers, with options for fishing from the riverbank or a pier. A North Carolina fishing license is required for fishing.


  • There is a marina with boat slips, and boaters have easy access to the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Carnivorous Plants:

  • Visitors can see native carnivorous plants on the Flytrap Trail and the park occasionally offers educational programs about these species.

Rules and Regulations


  • Bring your own firewood or purchase it within the park to reduce the risk of spreading invasive pests and diseases.


  • Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Alcohol and Smoking:

  • Alcohol and smoking may be restricted in certain areas of the park. Check with the park for specific regulations.

Wildlife and Plants:

  • Do not disturb wildlife or remove any plants, including the protected Venus flytraps, from the park.

Safety and Preparation


  • The park can be hot and humid in the summer, with the potential for thunderstorms. Prepare for the weather accordingly.


  • It's recommended to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and plenty of water.

Emergency Preparedness:

  • Cell phone reception may be limited, so inform someone of your itinerary and expected return time.

Contact Information

Carolina Beach State Park Office:

  • For reservations, regulations, and any inquiries, contact the park office or visit the North Carolina State Parks website.

Remember to double-check any of this information before planning your trip, as park policies and conditions can change.

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