Sights to See: Freeman Park

Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, & Fort Fisher in Pleasure Island


The Town of Carolina Beach has made changes to the pricing structure of Freeman Park Annual Passes offered for the 2014 season.   The cost of the season permit is $100 from January 1 to December 31. Discounted season permits may be purchased at $60 from December 1, to December 31.  Annual passes are available at Island Tackle & Hardware, Brew Thru and the Scotchman Convenience Store located on Canal Drive.  Annual permits are also available at the Carolina Beach Parking Office, Carolina Beach Town Hall and the Carolina Beach Recreation Center. The Town Council will use the additional $40 in revenue to set aside for future Water Resource projects.

The undeveloped north end of Carolina Beach, known as Freeman Park, is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike.

You can access the beach with your four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle and find your own beachfront area even on the busiest summer day. You can also park your bike or vehicle near the end of Carolina Beach and walk along the beach to the long stretch of the island that reaches the inlet at Masonboro Island.

Enjoy surfing, sea kayaking, swimming, and amazing sunsets all right here at Freeman Park.  Be sure to read through the Freeman Park Rules and Regulations to ensure you have the best time possible!

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Surf Fishing and Beach Camping at Freeman Park

Freeman Park at the northern tip of Carolina Beach is a haven for beach-goers who relish the natural beauty of waves, sand, and dunes without boardwalks, houses, or hotels to get in the way. Here you can drive your 4x4 vehicle right onto the sand and find the perfect spot along the miles of undeveloped beach to park and fish, swim, play with your dog, sun bathe, or even camp overnight. The best part is that all your beach gear is right there with you in your car - no need to lug all your equipment with you on a hot summer afternoon. Freeman Park is perfect for families, fishing, and all around fun!

4 Wheel Access Permits

Effective immediately the Town of Carolina Beach is no longer offering a $60 annual pass.  All annual passes will be $100 and will be available on December 1, 2012.

You can apply for a permit by mail or in person at:

Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office 1204 N. Lake Park Blvd. Suite D Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

You can also call (910) 458-4614.

Permits may also be purchased at Carolina Beach Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Season Permits are on sale seven days a week at the following additional locations:

Island Tackle and Hardware
801 North Lake Park Blvd.
(910) 458-3049

Brew Thru
910 North Lake Park Blvd.
(910) 458-2739

Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Center
1121 North Lake Park Blvd.
(910) 458-2977

Canal Drive Scotchman
354 Canal Drive
(910) 458-6324

Read also: Freeman Park Official Rules and Regulations

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