Less than ten miles south of Wilmington lies a beautiful, and quite unique destination—The Carolina Beach State Park.
To put it simply, you would not want to end a vacation without experiencing the natural beauty and interesting ecosystem that is the Carolina Beach State Park. Here you can dive headfirst into a completely native environment—761 acres to be exact—and enjoy one of the most soothing experiences North Carolina has to offer.
The Outdoors Like You’ve Never Seen It
If the outdoors and “getting back to nature,” so to speak are completely unappealing to you, then perhaps this particular state park isn’t for you. However, for those that want to be fully immersed in a wildlife-filled sanctuary brimming with history, then the Carolina State Park is the place to be. Here you can enjoy boating, hiking, fishing, camping, and picnicking, among other things.
Speaking of fishing, did I mention that Carolina Beach State Park features a fully-accessible marina? That’s right! Boaters can launch their boat inexpensively from the marina’s boat launch or dock there for the night in one of the 54 boat slips. For the seasoned boater, the marina offers annual or bi-annual leases.
**Friendly Tip: The marina serves as a seasonal home for Paddle NC, a local company that provides kayak and paddle board rentals, as well as guided tours. If you’re interested, give them a call at 910-612-3277.**
For those who want full immersion into nature, the park features an abundant array of campsites; 83 to be exact. There are also two campsites that are completely wheelchair-friendly. Along with camping, there are several hiking trails, spanning six miles, which will take hikers through towering trees and along the river.
While you’re hiking though, don’t forget that Carolina Beach State Park offers some of the best opportunities for bird watching in the state. Considering that there are literally hundreds of different birds that call the park home, chances are good that you will see an interesting variety including the Pelican, Osprey, Snow Egret, and of course, the Blue Heron, among others.
A Nature-Lover’s Paradise
Each year, thousands of visitors—including tourists, as well as locals—flock to Carolina Beach State Park to take in what could be one of the greatest natural ecosystems in the state. Not only does the park feature incredible seaside beaches, but also a perfect opportunity to leave contemporary society behind and journey into the sheer beauty of a completely natural environment.
While the foliage in the park is immense to say the least, visitors (especially kids) often find themselves drawn to the carnivorous plant species that reside here; primarily, the Venus flytrap which grows rampant here.
**Friendly Tip: The park rangers are often finding ways to provide insight into Carolina Beach State Park through a number of events and educational activities. To see what is scheduled for your visit, please visit: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/events.php **
At this point, I’m assuming that the Carolina Beach State Park is on the agenda for your next beach vacation, right? After all, if you’re looking for some of the best fishing and boating around, a rugged camping experience, or just a nice hike, then you should have no problem finding it here.
The park is open daily (with the exception of Christmas) and is located at 1010 State Park Road. The hours for the park are as follows:
November – February:8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
March – April:8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
May – August:8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
September – October:8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Carolina Beach State Park
"Nature at its Finest!"