Carolina Beach State Park
1010 State Park Road
PO Box 475
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Office Phone: (910) 458-8206
Marina Phone: (910) 458-7770
Carolina Beach State Park is a state park in
New Hanover County, North Carolina in the United States.
It is near Carolina Beach, North Carolina and
covers 761 acres on Pleasure Island at the mouth of the Cape Fear
Park hours November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
March, October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. April, September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
May-August, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Closed Christmas Day
Park office hours 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. daily
WELCOME to Carolina Beach
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
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
The marina complex (boat basin, fuel dock,
boat ramps, and store) will be closed beginning December 1, 2008 to
begin a dredging and renovation project. Construction is expected to
continue through the summer of 2009. During the time the marina is
closed, campers must register for campsites at the visitor center
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
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.
Sugarloaf, a 50-foot sand dune near the bank
of the Cape Fear River, has been an important navigational marker
for river pilots since 1663.
The dune was also of strategic significance
during the Civil War when, as part of the Confederacy's defense of
the Port of Wilmington, about 5,000 troops camped on or near
Sugarloaf during the siege of Fort Fisher.
Carolina Beach State Park was established in
1969 to preserve the unique environment along the intracoastal
The 761-acre park is located on a triangle of
land known as Pleasure Island, which lies between the Atlantic Ocean
and the Cape Fear River.
The land became an island when Snow's Cut was
dredged in 1929 and 1930, connecting Masonboro Sound to the Cape
Fear River. Snow's Cut, a part of the Intracoastal Waterway,
provides inland passage for boat traffic along the Atlantic coast.
- Visitor Center
- Education and Events