Carolina Beach State Parks+ Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

Having realized that Sarah and I hadn’t been to a North Carolina beach since before we were married, we decided that we had to fix that. Carolina Beach was the obvious choice, as it is host to it’s own State Park, as well as Fort Fisher State Recreation Area down the road.

Simple put, we had a fantastic time as a family.

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It was perfect fall weather for outdoor time at the beach. Carolina Beach State Park exceed our exceptions, with beautiful sandy white trails and towering pines. Fort Fisher State Recreation though, was one of our favorite hikes we’ve ever done in the state. The Basin Trail was a one mile out a back through the coastal marsh area between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The trail was largely comprised of boardwalks and the views and were stunning.

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The highlight of the trip, though, was watching the sunris over the Atlantic Ocean. There was serenity, gratitude and humility in that moment, I often struggle to find in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of what our everyday lives have become. In the days since we have returned from the trip, I keep coming back to that moment and spot and thumbing through the photos. Memories like those are why we love to explore new things and in particular the great state of North Carolina in which we live.

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We will no doubt be back very soon!

Hike Info – Carolina Beach State Park – Flytrap Trail + Sugarloaf Trail

  • Strava Link
  • Starting Point: B Road, Carolina Beach State Park
  • End Point: Same
  • Length: 4 Miles
  • Approximate Hiking Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Hike Info – Fort Fisher State Recreation Area – Basin Trail

  • Strava Link
  • Starting Point: 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449
  • End Point: Same
  • Length: 2.5 Miles
  • Approximate Hiking Time: 1 hour

Other Activities:

  • North Carolina Aquarium
  • Southport Ferry
  • Good Hops Brewery
  • Carolina Smokehouse

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