Beach, Parks and a Lake

Not only does Carolina Beach offer classic beach fun, the beach’s several parks also give visitors the chance to have one-of-a-kind beach experiences you can’t find anywhere else.  From a state park, to a lake park and even a park right on the beach that you can drive and camp on, there are lots of great ways to connect with nature and explore Carolina Beach.


Enjoy 761 acres of natural beauty at Carolina Beach State Park featuring miles of hiking trails, camping areas and views of the Cape Fear River. The park is one of the island's many eco-activities, including a marina with access to some of the area’s best fishing spots and opportunities to scout the rare Venus flytrap, which  is native only to a 60-mile radius of Carolina Beach. Another unique feature of the park is Sugarloaf, a 50-foot sand dune located near the bank of the Cape Fear River, where over 5,000 troops camped during the Civil War.


Carolina Beach Lake Park features a lake that was once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the freshwater lake closest to salt water. The 11-acre lake and park features picnic areas, an amphitheater, walking paths, a playground and more. Paddleboat rentals are also available that allow you to cruise along the lake and take in views of the park. Signature Carolina Beach events are held at the park throughout the year including the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off and Free Movies at the Lake. 

The Skate Park at Mike Chappell Park

Take a roll around the Mike Chappell Skateboard Park. This 8,000 square foot skate park includes both big and small ramps, rails, and bowls for skateboarders at any skill level. The skate park is within the ten acre Mike Chappell Park that is also equipped with two tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, a youth basketball area, playground equipment, a dog park, baseball and softball fields, and a soccer field. The park is unsupervised, so boarders skate at their own risk.


Located at the north end of Carolina Beach, Freeman Park is the perfect spot to go fishing, crabbing, swimming or boating. Four-wheel drive vehicles and camping are also permitted in the park with daily, annual, and seasonal passes available for purchase. For overnight camping information, rules, regulations, availability and reservations, please click here.


Loggerhead sea turtles nest on Carolina Beach during the summer and the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project works to protect this threatened species. Protected by the Endangered Species Act, volunteers monitor the beaches from May to August for their nests. The organization also strives to educate the public by hosting a Turtle Talks program during the summer and other programs throughout the year.