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Carolina Beach State Park

PO Box 475
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
3 Reviews
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Beautiful, heavily-wooded coastal campground surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River on three sides. Access to great coastal fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking and beach combing. Minutes from the beach, boardwalk, a world-class aquarium and 15 minutes from downtown historic Wilmington, NC and the USS N.C. Battleship Memorial. Campsites were recently renovated in 2009 with fresh tend pad gravel, new picnic tables, edging around the sites and many new fire rings. There are NO electrical hookups at any of the sites (except the handicapped site). There is an RV dump station at the exit. Bathrooms are large and roomy and feature hot water and showers. There is water sites around the campground, evenly spaced out between the sites. Most sites can accommodate two tents. Several RV sites are drive through.


Received from upandatom for visit in Jan 2009

Site Number: 46
Stay Again? YES
Carolina Beach State Park is in a pleasant natural area. The sites are large and private, with no electricity or water, so "dry camping" is in order. The comfort stations with hot showers are basic but clean. There are very interesting trails in the park. A bicycle would be handy to have as there are some nice paved roads, and you can even bike to the town of Carolina Beach for groceries, etc. The one drawback of this park, and apparently all other NC state parks is that the gates are locked at night, and you can't get in or out. In fact, the gates are locked quite early; I recall at 6:00 PM in November. Why don't they have combination locks like other states do? We were camped next to some tenters from Germany. They went to Wilmington in the afternoon and returned after the gates were locked, so they had to park their car outside the gate and walk in. Not convenient! (I would give the park a 4 or 5 rating if the gate issue was improved).

Received from Jerry for visit in Nov 2002

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This park is pretty basic, no hookups but the bathhouses are OK w/hot water and kept reasonably clean. No beach access but Snow's Cut is nice at low tide and is walking distance from the campground. There's also good fishing there if you have some live bait; can catch a flounder or two for supper! The sites are fairly large and private with shrubs and trees between them. No generators allowed so the campground is quiet at night except for the local "party" boat that takes visitors for rides from Carolina Beach to the Cape Fear River through Snow's Cut-the music from the boat can be heard all over the campground.

Received from Randy R for visit in Aug 2004

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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