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 attraction. 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 adventure.

I saw a beautiful blue heron and blooming Lillies on the little pond and the gnarled trees are gorgeous

walking
17 days ago

Have done this trail many times over the past few years in combination with the other many trails in Carolina Beach State Park. All are enjoyable adventures.

Have done this trail many times over the past few years in combination with the other many trails in Carolina Beach State Park. All are enjoyable adventures.

Nice trails but a little challenging for my dog stroller in some of the sandy parts. Have done the trails many times over the years.

Large area, beautiful terrain and views. Try to get lost along the river for the best, hidden outlooks!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views! Good part of the trail is sand so wear shoes you don’t mind getting all sandy!

We love the CB State Park trails. If you’re looking for a leisure stroll through the woods I recommend these trails! Stroller friendly 99% of the time except for a small (1/4 mile) of sandy trail along the water.

Carolina Beach State Park has so much to enjoy and a number of trails to explore! If you want to take a stroll though the woods I recommend this trail! Stroller friendly 99% of the time with a short (1/4 mile) sandy trail along the water.

Great! Swing at the end btw.

love this park. wish more people were respectful of it. Seen alot of folks wandering off the trail, going up to Sugarloaf hill, and abusing some serious Trail rules. This place is a preserve and should be treated as such. Landmarks should be treated with respect. Please stay on the trails and preserve this state park so that other people can enjoy it for a lifetime, thank you.

I’ve been coming to this park since 2004 and it’s one of my favorite places in the Wilmington area!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy and short dog-friendly trails with beautiful views of the water. Lots of venus flytraps and painted buntings to be seen.

Keep an eye out for copperheads.

A great walk in the woods! Nothing like the AT or other Nelson county trails, but nevertheless it’s right here on the island and easy to walk up a sweat!

I love this trail. I run the sugarloaf trail and link to the sand live oak trial then back into sugarloaf trail starting and finishing at the marina. It’s about 5 miles all together. I do it about 3-4 times a week. A great run with very well kept trails. Keep a look out for trails markers if you go on sand oak live trail. Some spots are not marked well and could go off track if not careful. I also run greenfield lake a lot and a 5k custom run at the loop in Wrightsville Beach. Carolina Beach state park is my favorite by far. I love a trail run!!!!

trail running
11 months ago

easy on the knees, amazing views! get there before 9am on a weekday and you're basically alone.

Awesome. Very well marked

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nice level hiking

Nice flat trails, maintained well.

we go as much as we can and our dog loves the place. beautiful spots with access to water. the best campgrounds I've ever seen. trails are great.

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tip: choose to go left first. This way, you will be rewarded with the best things to see at the end of your loop.
I enjoy this walk. I walk it a few times/year. There are some puddles areas of it's rained recently. Other than that, it's a good stroll through the woods in a nice coastal environment!

hiking
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Awesome trail, great for all ages and abilities. Dog friendly, not crowded and you can easily combine trails to give you a 5 mile walk.

This place is awesome! My dogs and I hiked it few times. Stay on marked trails!

This trail takes you all around the park. Great water views. Really enjoyed the dunes as well. Nice beach hike!

This park is amazing! I was happy with the amount of shade, the easy accessibility of the trails, and the way all the trails connect to make one massive loop. Great hike, really feels secluded from the main roads.

walking
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I have lived in the area for 27 years and this is the 1st time I have walked some of the trails. It's the island so not much elevation change. I went to find somewhere to get me in nature and start preparing for treks on the App Trail. You will see me out there alot.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This trail has some pretty sights. It's a very easy loop. I did this for my morning coffee walk and it was very enjoyable.

hiking
Friday, February 19, 2016

Like everyone has said, not much more than a walk in the woods, but it is really great. Hiking along the shore is awesome and the pup loves it.

walking
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Very chill and relaxing but totally gorgeous. Surrounded by water and sand which made a great recipe for collecting thoughts and reflecting.

walking
Friday, January 22, 2016

Like others have said....."only trail in New Hanover", so yes it's nothing more than a "stroll thru the woods" but it is beautiful! I'm a dog owner/lover, and I do agree...... Too many dogs on the trail! And by this, I am targeting "Un-Chained" dogs. Listen, I love my dog, and wish I could let my female Aussie loose too, but just because she doesn't bother me, doesn't mean she isn't bothering the family "around the bend" or the elderly couple concentrating on not tripping in the roots. People..... Please..... Use a leash! There is a time, and place to let them run, but on public trails isn't the prime place!
Other than that, trails are clean, well manicured, and well marked! I just want some ELEVATION!

Easy trails, lots of shade, my dogs loves! Pup loves running along the water toward the front of the park and exploring all the trails. NCPaddle has great rentals of kayaks or SUP.

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