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Top Ways to Enjoy Carolina Beach State Park

A series of outdoor adventures in Carolina Beach State Park

Top Ways to Enjoy Carolina Beach State Park

Locals agree that Carolina Beach State Park is a must-see. The 761-acre park has campgrounds, a marina, and plenty of hiking and running trails. The park’s most notable feature is perhaps the Venus flytrap, native to the area. Here are the top things to do in Carolina Beach State Park.

Trail Running

Carolina Beach State Park's trails offer beautiful views of greenery and water. Many are flat and easy to navigate. Trails range from less than half a mile to three miles long.

Hiking for Flytraps

Searching for Venus flytraps is a popular activity for hikers in Carolina Beach State Park.

“Carolina Beach State Park offers another wonderful showcase of the river and local wildlife, like the Venus flytrap,” says Craig Love of Surf House. “There’s also a lovely walking path around the river.”


Carolina Beach State Park offers campgrounds for tent, trailers, and RVs. Cabins are also available to rent. “One of the things I most enjoy doing is going to the local parks, like the Carolina Beach State Park. It has a marina in the back and people can camp there,” says Julie Johnson of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. “It’s along the river side of the island, so there are beautiful views.”


Carolina Beach State Park offers a marina with public boat ramps and access to the Cape Fear River. Kayak and standup paddleboarding lessons and rentals are also available.