Explore the Cape Fear Coast’s Top Attractions
Residents and visitors have long enjoyed the beach area now referred to as Freeman Park. The region has become certainly one of Carolina Beach’s major attractions. Whether coming to swim, camp, fish, boating, crabbing or casting for minnows, people love Freeman Park. Visitors are attracted to the beautiful beach with its variety of wildlife, dunes and majestic seagrasses that are indigenous to the region.
Freeman Park is a trash free park. Blue trash cans are offered across the beach to encourage visitors to pick up trash when it is seen and help us keep the beach consistently clean. All visitors are expected to carry out the refuse they generate and get rid of it properly at home or at another appropriate destination. To be able to help visitors to eliminate their waste, the Town of Carolina Beach Freeman Park Attendants will hand out free trash bags at the entrance to the park and through the entire camping area. By encouraging all visitors to take out what they generate, we are helping to keep the beach clean, protect environmentally friendly resources; including birds, fish and turtles, reduce solid waste in the park and embracing the ideas of reducing, reuse, and recycle. We all must work together to deal with trash and littler in Freeman Park to make sure its sustainable for years to come.
With a marina providing access with an of North Carolina’s best fishing spots, a secluded camping area beneath towering trees, and miles of hiking trails that traverse many different distinct habitats—and undoubtedly the current presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world’s most unique carnivorous plants—it’s no wonder Carolina Beach State Park is a favorite coastal attraction. The park includes a visitor’s center with exhibits depicting the wonders of its environment.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
Alternate between nearly six miles of pristine beach and trails through salt marsh brimming with wildlife at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, a park is touching the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. Development with this protected shoreline is limited to a guest center and related facilities and boardwalks that attract birders and photographers. Loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers and other rare species nest across the sandy shore. The park is famous for surf fishing, and four-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed seasonally with required permits. On this tip of Pleasure Island, visitors will even find circumstances aquarium, Civil War-era historic site and a boating ramp and paddling launch nearby.
Top spots nearby
Freeman Park (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
Carolina Beach Fishing Pier (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
Halyburton Park (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
Carolina Beach State Park (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
Carolina Beach (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
Cameron Art Museum (4.8 mi / 7.7 km)
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
Navigating around Wilmington, NC (ILM-Wilmington Intl.) – 23 min drive
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