Visiting Carolina Beach State Park is a great option for beginner hikers, with 7 miles worth of easy trails winding through distinct habitats. Grab a trail map from the marina or visitor center and see what you can find. Each trail has its own distinct character.
A 3-mile round trip hike ideal for nature lovers wanting to spot some local wildlife, this trail is home to fiddler crabs and water birds, along with the Sugar Loaf Dune, a pre-colonial geological feature.
This short trail near the group camping area offers views of swamp and marshlands before finishing at Cape Fear River.
Being on vacation doesn't mean you have to abandon your fitness routine. Explore the different habitats along the Fitness Trail, and make use of the exercise activity stations along this one-mile round trip.
Pick up an activity brochure at the picnic or family campground areas for some added fun as you explore this 0.5-mile trail. You'll see some of the largest pine and hardwood trees in the park, and you'll never be far from your next adventure – just check your map!
In addition to exploring different terrains and spotting interesting plant species, there's plenty more family-friendly fun waiting at Carolina Beach State Park.
Try out or build up your confidence for new watersports with seasonal tours and rentals. Choose from popular kayaking or paddleboarding tours, and enjoy being active and on the water.
There is a number of great fishing options if you want to leave your accommodations to snag a catch. Fish from the riverbank, launch a boat, or make use of the wheelchair-accessible fishing deck.
If your stay at Carolina Beach State Park cabins falls on a weekend, or you're a day-tripper looking for something different, then this hike will deliver. The park ranger will introduce you to plants such as the bladderwort, sundew, and venus fly trap – who knows, you may catch them devouring their dinner!