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Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach, North Carolina


1010 State Park Road
Carolina Beach, North Carolina 28428
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 83
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.04569
Longitude: -77.90560

Elevation: 25' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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18 Reviews

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Review Count: 95
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We were lucky to snag 1 of the full hookup spots for a week. There aren't many of these but the ones they have are large, private and very affordable. This park is shady, has a few good walking trails and is convenient to Wilmington. Wilmington is a fun town with a lot of restaurants, breweries and shopping. The beaches are close by. We trekked down to Ft Fisher Historic area beach because that beach is dog friendly. The town is also quite dog friendly. For the price you really can't beat this state park. Cell speeds were great. Verizon was 65 d/l and ATT 31 unboosted. Good OTA stations. The bathroom situation was odd. It was way in the middle of the park and you had to either walk through an empty (don't be a jerk) campsite or walk WAY around to 1 of only 2 entry points. I have never seen anything like this and it was way deep in woods so if you had to go in the middle of the night, that would be a little scary. Staff was friendly but not intrusive. Trash was very convenient with trash cans every couple of sites. Roads were in good condition and access was easy. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Another beautiful NC State Park. Sites are semi-wooded and spacious. There are 10 "RV" sites (water/electric/sewer) along the first loop. Many other sites would still accommodate a TT under 30'. There is also a dump station on site. Only 1 bath house per loop (two loops). They are functional but definitively showing their age. We saw them cleaned 2-3 times per day, but they were well-aged and dankish. Lots of hiking trails and a full marina at the park. Carolina Beach is a 5 minute drive (or 15 minute bike ride along the greenway trail). CBSP visitor center was small, but had nice exhibits (check out the Venus Flytraps!). We will be back! We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Tent Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my tent trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a trip to Fort Fisher and NC Aquarium (about 5mi to the South).

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful state park. Lots of space between campsites makes you feel like you are all alone in the woods. The staff was amazingly nice and helpful. The camp store at the marina sold us some firewood and helped load it in the truck. Our site was level with a fire ring and picnic table. We used the fire ring to cook burgers one night. We were here in the winter, so the gates are closed at 6:00 pm. That was the only dislike about the campground. In the summer they stay open later. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Must go to the Fly-trap trail and see the wild Venus flytraps. They only grow within a 70 mile radius of the campground, only place in the world they grow.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in a full hookup site which was quite large with partial shade. We were able to get a sat signal (Dish) in the site. The park is nice, several hiking trails and close to Carolina Beach. About 20-30 minutes from Wilmington. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Okay, no doubt about it, we would stay here again. First time camping near a beach, and this was near enough. Great park with good hiking trails, access to Cape Fear River at Marina. Had kayaks, but chose to spend time at beach and fishing off piers at Kure Beach a few miles south. Two loops in campground, with a few cabins between. Full hookup on site #004 was our choice, and had plenty of room to park, and much space between sites. Enjoyed our stay immensely and wanted to stay longer (but headed to VA for Shenandoah River). Biking only allowed on roads, not trails. But nice ride to marina and back got our exercise in. Nature lovers rejoice, as this campground displays various levels of coastal region habitats. Carnivorous plants indigenous here. STAFF was so helpful, friendly, informative. Great people at marina and park office. Be aware, park closes at 9:00 during this season (I think 10:00 pm in busy season) so you may be facing a locked gate if you return late. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
004
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Park closes at 9:00 pm (in off season) and 10:00 pm (peak seasons). Number to call after these hours should you not make it back is posted at the Marina. I had to walk in one night after fishing on pier till dark, and get help getting back in. Got a five day non-resident fishing license, and now wish I had fished harder in the Cape Fear River, rather than off pier at Kure. However, saw some great blues caught off the pier, and that kept me there. Nice picnic area near the marina.

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Review Count: 113
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed for four nights. It was $23/night plus a $12 one-time "transaction fee". This is a lovely state park with lots of space. The park has several trails and interior roads for walking and bicycling plus it boasts a nice marina and boat launch. There are many trash cans and recycle bins so there's always one nearby. Our site offered full hook-ups (50amp/water/sewer). The park does not offer wifi. We received Verizon cell and Sprint Mifi signals. We could not get DirecTV from our roof-mounted dish. I suspect you could find a sat signal with a remote dish and a little bit of effort. Our site was very long with good distance between neighbors. Three things to mention: 1. Check-in is at the marina office which means you drive through the entire park to the very end. At the end (marina area) is a good size parking lot which is primarily used for empty boat trailers. The idea is that you'll park (although no area is designated for campers), check-in, continue circling the parking lot and drive back to the campground (which you passed on the way in). Here's the catch - if the parking lot is full and if you have a big rig, you might have a hard time circling it. The lot wasn't full when we were there so we didn't have a problem but I can see drama ensuing on a busy day. I don't know why they don't check-in campers at the Visitor Center which is near the park entrance. 2. The front gate locks at 9pm - no key and no code - not our preference. If there's an emergency, it's nice to know you can get out. 3. Water pressure was intermittently low or very low. It's was never quite right but not a big issue for us. Historic Downtown Wilmington is approx 13 miles but the drive is surface streets so it takes longer than you might expect. We found the park to be very pretty and peaceful. It was easy to relax and difficult to leave. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Veggie Wagon is crazy expensive. For us, the items we bought weren't worth the cost. Nonetheless, it was a fun place to visit. Cyclists might try the 15 mile one-way Cross City Trail. It includes city, park and UNCW campus. It has a fair amount of stop/start due to traffic. It's not always pretty but you get in some miles and see the town. Start at James E.L. Wade Park and enjoy Donut Inn on Military Cutoff Rd. at the turn around.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Great State park not far from the ocean. We had one of the full hookup sites that are very nice. This particular site is odd shaped however. Rangers coming through frequently. Nice trails. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Britts donuts or Wake and Bake. Really nice public beach a few miles away

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

First time staying here since full hookup sites have been added. Had to make our reservations months in advance to get a FH site. Site was large with utilities at an appropriate location. Campground was full for Easter weekend but it was still quiet at night. The bath house was mostly clean except for one morning, I'm sure due to just a few slobs. Access to the bath house is confusing as most sites on the inner side of the loop all have trails to it but in order to avoid walking thru campsites, you may have to walk around most of the loop to find the one access trail. Lots of good seafood in the area. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a gem! We paid $15 per night with a senior discount - from out of state with no other charges. Very unusual for a state park in other states. The CG has no hookups - at least now. During our visit they were renovating approximately 15 sites. 5 of the sites have been turned into 2 room cabins with electric. 10 of the sites have been fully improved with full hook ups. Get your reservation in soon as these are outstanding sites in an outstanding location. They look like these sites will be ready by Memorial Day 2016. All the full hook sites are back in and can accommodate large rigs. All the sites in the campground are very sapcious and private. All are wooded with lots of shade. Restrooms were in reasonably good condition and showers were good. We stayed in site 62 close to the bathroom. It was very large and private. All sites are pretty much sand and leaf and tree litter. All had table and fire pit. Most sites are back ins. Reason for the 8 rating is that we noticed that due to tree placement it is difficult to get your rig in far enough so that door and awning are actually in the campsite. We managed to angle the motorhome and were able to get the awning tucked between two trees with an inch to spare each side. It was a great site. Most campers were tenting. Very quiet campground with little activity during the week. Full on the weekend. Great access to the beaches. Definitely will return. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
62
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

The park is on intercoastal waterway. There is a marina but no swimming in the park. Lots of hiking in the park and easy 1 mile biking into Carolina Beach and beaches. A 9 mile trip down to the Fort Fisher is worth it. The aquarium is also there. Ferry ride to beautiful Southport is fun. Must see Wilmington is half hour from CG including the USS North Carolina WWII battleship.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice clean park with lots of room and trails. It is only a few blocks from the public beach access and has many walking trails. We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed ourselves. If you're looking for more of a resort type camping experience try the campground about a mile away. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
82
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

These sites are large and sandy, but not as level as I would have liked.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We were able find a few available sites that would accommodate our 38' rig. Granted, off season. We chose site 9, which we could actually pull straight through. If you don't reserve in advance, just drive through campground, look for an unoccupied site that has a green tag. We did this with the co-pilot checking the reservation web site simultaneously to find a spot that was not reserved at all during our intended stay. System involves selecting a site, grabbing the green tag off the site marker and driving to Marina/campground office to reserve and pay. You can drive a 38-40' with toad through the campground and if you can't find anything, you can move on. I would not recommend reserving a site other than site 9 if you are 38' or larger, as that's the only one I can vouch for. Many other sites claim to be 40' or more in length, but may be difficult if not impossible to get in to with a big rig. Some other sites will work, but I didn't take inventory. Great value for the money. No hook ups but plenty of water spigots and 2 dumps. Generators permitted to run from 7 am - 11 pm. Out of courtesy for others, we didn't push the boundaries on that. Very short drive to beaches and Historic Wilmington. Constantly patrolled. Campground is hard locked all night, but rangers available on call if emergency exit needed. Just don't plan on a late night out on the town! We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 9
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Great wooded level sites without hook-ups. Miles of hiking trails through the park and along the Cape Fear River and Snow's Cut on the inter-coastal waterway. Limited snack items at the marina store. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 216
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This park has nothing but a dump station and hot showers. The showers are pretty good with lots of warm to hot water. The roads are paved, the sites are gravel, and are pretty level depending on where you park. We had the place pretty much to ourselves in November. However like all NC parks, no alcohol is allowed and in November they lock the gates from 6pm till 8am. So if you're camping here, you must be back by six and if you're planning to stay, you have to get here before six. These hours change during the summer, spring, and fall. Check the (web) site for details. Verizon MiFI works fine here. Our rate reflects the senior rate. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice campground with campsites in a wooded area which would be much appreciated during the hot summer. Acceptable shower facilities. Great proximity to Carolina Beach/Kure Beach attractions and not very far south of Wilmington. We especially liked the Fort Fisher SRA and NC Aquarium. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Tent.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Carolina Beach State Part is definitely organized for tents, pop-ups, and smaller RVs. Most sites are back-in with a few pull through. The bath houses were clean and accessible from most sites. The sites on the second loop provide more space and have more foliage between them for privacy. There were some noisy groups while we stayed there, but the rangers were prompt in confronting the offenders. Hiking trails around the park are clearly marked and well maintained. For 2009, the marina is closed for repair. My only complaint is that much of the forest areas underwent a controlled burn in the fall and this was not announced on the website. Otherwise, it was a wonderful campground to stay in. We camped at Carolina Beach State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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