Camping at Carolina State Park

Carolina Beach State Park

Featuring 761 acres on Pleasure Island with a favorable access to some of North Carolina’s best fishing spots, Carolina Beach State Park even enjoy its ideal geographical location by lying along the Cape Fear River and Snow’s Cut (part of the Intracoastal Waterway). It’s no wonder this State Park is a popular coastal attraction to those who are big fans of water sports and especially, to campers who desire camp together with refresh and re-energize via diverse recreational activities. Yearly, thousands of visitor have opted for this park as their ultimate spot to get out of the hustle and bustle space of life and work and explore the park’s internal wonders.

major part of Carolina Beach State Park is placed on Pleasure Island

Perhaps, the numbers of hundred campsites offered by the park would blow your mind.

Currently, the park possesses three types of camping patterns for campers, which means that regardless of your age or who you are coming with, the park can make you satisfied and delightful.

1. Family Camping

Located right in a wooded area near Snow’s Cut, the family campground is entirely featured and colored by ancient pine and oak. The park’s 83 campsites in this area are all shaded accordingly. Interestingly, all the sizes of these sites are remarkably spacious and cool, consequently, most sites are mainly taken by families and some of the rest taken by groups or individuals.

A Family Shade campground

Among 83 available sites, only 13 sites are furnished with full hookups, 70 tent campsites with no hook-ups and two sites are wheelchair-accessible sites and nine RV/trail campsites with full hook-ups as well.

A RV/trail campsite

As for those sites with full hookups, water, fire rings, bathrooms, picnic table sewer lines, and electricity are available for use. Additionally, drinking water and restrooms with hot showers are located nearby.

A full hookup site at Carolina Beach State Park

If you fancy those sites without full hookups, you might pre-prepare water or flash lights, or you can rent some essential stuff at the park camp store.

2. Family Camping Cabins

If those family camping sites do not satisfy your need yet, you can go for the park’s four camper cabins located right in the family campground.

Family camping cabins

We bet that you and your group or your family would be taken aback by full hookups equipped at these cabins. What would be more amazing than knowing that these camping cabins are furnished with a double bed and two sets of bunkbeds for extra visitors?

Also, each cabin includes electrical receptacles and a heating and air-conditioning unit. A picnic table, charcoal grill and a fire ring are placed right outside of each cabin. Just imagine, how it would be awesome when you sit by the cabin glass window and enjoy the outside nature?

Roast marshmallow at Family camping cabins

Similarly, drinking water and restrooms with hot showers located nearby and 24/7 ready for use.

Smoking is prohibited at Family camping cabins

Unluckily, all cabins here are smoke-free. Consequently, smocking is banned here. So if you desire to light a cigarette here, just think of yourself first then for other members in your cabin.

3. Group Camping

Are you worrying that how your large group can fit in a fixed designated site at the park? Two camping areas for organized groups only located along Swamp Trail are available for you guys to take full advantage of. All campers groups, nonetheless, are required to make a reservation to get the site. It is totally understandable because the number of these sites is obviously limited while the need of big groups has constantly rising.

Group camping at Carolina State Park

Site #1 can accommodate 26 people while the #2 can cover up to 40 individuals. Two picnic tables, grills/fire rings and pit toilets are available, water and shower facilities are not at hand here though.

In order to get access to this area, all campers are required to go on foot only. If time allows, you can take several steps to get the Flytrap Trail parking area. All reservations are obligated, so make sure you contact the park marine office before getting here.

Incredible Flytrap Trail parking area at Carolina State Park

Also, the park dump station would be a resolution for your vehicle, if you travel a long way to reach Caroline Beach, State Park.

4. Fee and regulations

With almost all site are shaded at three designated areas, campers only have to from $20 to $55 to get a desirable site. Namely, each family camping site, family camping cabin and group camping site cost you $24, $55 and $41 respectively.

The park opens all year-round from 8am-5:30 pm or 6 pm. All vehicle access after gate closing or before 7 am is restricted, except in an emergency

Dogs on leash are welcomed at Carolina State  Park

Pets are allowed only at designated sites and on leash. So if you are considering take your loyal friend with you, just ring the park and ask for a designated site.

5. Vibrant activities

As mentioned right at first few lines, the park still has remained its lure and charm because of its perfect geographical location.

Going fishing while camping at Carolina State Park

If you are a fan of water sport, you definitely shouldn’t miss a chance to go fishing, play family paddle boating or join the Carolina Beach seafood festival or participate in beach music. Regardless of your ages, all you guys are going to have fun together.

The Carolina Beach seafood

The time when sunset comes, you can enjoy a gorgeous overlook of the Cape Fear River. It would be the most peaceful and unforgettable moment you’ve ever got.

Sun rises over the Cape Fear River in Wilmington

What about hiking trails? The park miles of hiking trail system traverse a variety of distinct habitats, not to mention the presence of the Venus flytrap – one of the world’s unique carnivorous plants. So you can both hike, explore and at least learn something new.

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