Freeman Park Recreation Area

Freeman Park, Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC, USA

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Beach Camping and 4WD Off-Roading

A unique beach with some special features that make it a big attraction for so many families!

Freeman Park is one of the few beaches on the NC coast that you can drive your vehicle on. This park is special because it is completely undeveloped, and allows beach driving to off-roaders who like to cruise along the sand. Located at the north end of Carolina Beach, families can also fish, swim, boat, picnic, go crabbing or just bask in the sun.

Vehicles are allowed to park on the sand along any area of the beach.  You can walk on foot or bike as well, you'll find loads of shells as the beaches are on an inlet. Surf fishing is big here, also due to the proximity of the inlet.

Overnight camping and 4WD access are allowed with proper permits, which are available as daily, weekly, or annual passes. A daily pass costs $30+ and can be purchased at the park's main entrance. You can also purchase an annual pass, which costs $150+. If you are planning an overnight camping trip to Freeman Park, check availability and rules and regulations first on the online reservation website

In the summertime, Freeman Park is packed, but everyone can usually find a spot as the recreation area extends for two miles.  In the offseason, you'll have the beach to yourself.  You may even bump into a fall football tailgate on the beach - doesn't get any cooler than that!

Tips for 4x4 Beach Driving:

A 4WD vehicle is a must.  Drivers are advised to slack down their tires to 20 psi and ensure their truck has plenty of clearance in case of encounters with deep, soft sand. If you don't have a 4WD vehicle, you can rent one via SunFun rentals.  Plus, they'll rescue you if you get stuck in the sand, which happens more often than you'd think!

Restrooms are portable toilets. Dogs on leashes allowed from April 1-Sept 30.

Photo Credit:

Jennifer Plym
Washington, D.C.
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