About Carolina Beach
Head south of Wilmington on 421, cross Snow’s Cut Bridge, and you’ll find the island communities of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher. These quaint, family friendly beach towns are fun places to explore year round, and are known for their many events and festivals. Check out the weekly fireworks, live music, and outdoor movies in the summer months, and the popular Chowder Cook-Off, Carolina Beach Music Festival, and Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest that take place each year.
Carolina Beach (aka CB) is a vibrant, family friendly beach community filled with great hotels, restaurants, nightlife, and of course beautiful beaches. At the North End of Carolina Beach is Freeman Park which is one of the only places along the North Carolina coast that allows people to drive out onto the beach, camp, and have open fires.
If you’re not into driving onto the beach, don’t worry. There are miles and miles of coastline where cars are not permitted. If you’re up for doing a little exploration, be sure to check out Carolina Beach State Park which is located just a mile from the foot of the Snows Cut Bridge. There you’ll find miles of hiking trails, camp and picnic sites, kayak rentals along the Cape Fear River, and a boat launch. Be sure to stop in the welcome center for a map and recommendations from the staff.