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Sugarloaf TrailFlytrap trail

There are six miles of trails throughout Carolina Beach State Park. You can enjoy the scenery and wildlife over these easy flat trails. Bikes and horses are not allowed on these trails. Please stop by the park’s visitor center for more information and trail maps.


  • Flytrap Trail is a half-mile loop through pocosin/savanna, longleaf pines and turkey oaks with parts of the trail on wooden boardwalks. You will find venus flytraps along the pocosins as well as native orchids. The trail is marked with orange diamonds as to keep travelers on the trail and avoid damaging the wildlife habitat.
  • Sugarloaf Trail is a three-mile trail which begins at the marina parking lot and navigates through the tidal marsh, through a pine forest and follows the river’s edge to Sugarloaf. You might find fiddler crabs along the way as well as water birds. This trail is marked with orange circles.
  • Campground Trail this one-mile trail begins and ends at the family campground and meets Sugarloaf Trail along the way. The trail takes hikers through a coastal fringe sandhill forest. You will find longleaf pines and live oaks along this trail, which is marked with blue circles.
  • Snow's Cut Trail this trail extends less than half a mile, perfect for those wanting a non-strenuous hike. Along the trail you will see the largest pine and hardwood trees found in the park. Marked with red diamonds, the trail navigates from the family campground to the picnic area.
  • Swamp Trail this three-quarter mile trail begins and ends along Sugarloaf Trail. It offers views of a tidal cypress-gum swamp and brackish marsh. This trail is marked with red circles and is an access to the group camping areas.
  • Oak Toe Trail this trail connects Swamp Trail and Sugarloaf Trail extending a quarter-mile. It navigates through an area of coastal fringe evergreens and a coastal fringe sandhill forest. The trail, marked with blue diamonds, also provides views of pines, oaks and oak toe lichen.