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Freeman Park Camping-Carolina Beach, NC

Freeman Park, Carolina Beach, NC, 28428

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Last Updated: November 20, 2023

Closed Dates: May 25 - September 3

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$50per night

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Campground Overview

Overnight camping is only allowed in designated, reserved camp sites Labor Day through the Thursday before Memorial Day each year. 

Reservations must be made online.

Reservations are on a first-come/first-served basis.

Overnight camping rate is $50.00 per night.

ONLY 4-WHEEL DRIVE vehicles allowed-no AWD, ATVs, gators, or other.

All vehicles must display a valid Freeman Park access pass to enter-can be purchased online while making campsite reservations or in-person at entrance to park. 

Check In

Check In Time: 12AM | Campers that do not have an annual Freeman Park permit must purchase daily vehicle access passes each night of overnight stays. For example, if you are camping three (3) nights, you need to purchase three (3) daily access passes. If you have more than one vehicle parking at your campsite, you will need to purchase day passes for each additional vehicle. Campers must present the daily access pass upon each entry into Freeman Park. Failure to present the pass will require the purchase of an additional day passes at the Freeman Park entrance. Day passes purchased with camping will be valid through 10:00 a.m. the following day.


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Area Tips

Freeman Park is open 24 hours a day so vehicle traffic/vehicle noise is possible at all hours.   


14 Consecutive Day Limit

Camping or sleeping in a vehicle or tent for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days is not allowed.

Freeman Park Rules

All Freeman Park Policies apply while camping. Please see our website for further details.

No Walking or Driving on the Sand Dunes

Walking or driving on the sand dunes is strictly prohibited. Park privileges may be revoked and/or a civil citation and fine of up to $1000 issued for any violation.

Dog Policy

Dogs must be on a leash April 1st through September 30th. Dogs may be off lease October 1st through March 31st if under voice command. All owners are responsible for cleaning up after their animal.

Trash Removal

ALL trash must be removed by visitors. A Pack It In, Pack It Out policy is in place. Failure to clean and remove all trash and personal items from campsite will result in a civil citation and fine of $500.

No Concealed Weapons

No concealed weapons without a valid North Carolina concealed handgun permit. NC General Statute 14-415.23 and NC general Statute 14-415.11(C2) shall be enforced.

Quiet Hours

As a courtesy to other campers, please observe the campground quiet hours. Quiet hours are from 11:00 pm until 7:00 am.

Campsite Boundaries Cannot be Changed

Do not attempt to remove or adjust the campsite boundaries markers for any reason.

Beach Furniture

Only normal camping and beach furniture will be allowed onto Freeman Park. No commonly known household furniture such as couches, chairs, non-inflatable mattress, box springs, etc. are permitted.

No Drinking

It is illegal to possess spirituous liquor and or fortified wine per NC General Statute 18B-301.

Glass Containers

Glass containers are strictly prohibited.

Tents and camping equipment must not be left unattended in a campsite beyond the reservation period.

Tents and camping equipment must not be left unattended in a campsite beyond the reservation period. Day tents, canopies, other similar devices, and camping equipment that are left unattended may be removed from the park by the Town of Carolina Beach without notice.

Sand Dune Fencing

No vehicles or equipment may be stationed within ten (10) feet of the sand dune fencing.

Bounds of the Campsite

All vehicles, campfires, and camping equipment must remain within the bounds of the campsite at all times and must not block the travel lane.


Fireworks are not permitted at any time.


•Campfires are only allowed in the park October 1st through March 31st. •Only natural firewood can be burned in a fire container less than 3 feet in diameter. Burning trash, shipping pallets, or construction material is not allowed. •Small campfires are allowed Oceanside at Freeman Park starting at Marker F and extending north to the end of the park. •Campfires must be contained within fire containers no greater than 3 feet wide. •Small campfires are allowed in campsites but must be contained within a fire pit or container that may not exceed three (3) feet in diameter. Fire pits are not provided. Visitors must bring in and remove fire pits following its use. •No campfires are allowed within 10 feet of the dune or vegetation line. •Fires may not be left unattended and must be extinguished with water, not sand. Only natural firewood can be burned. Burning trash, shipping pallets, or construction material is not allowed. •All fire remains and debris must be picked up and placed in park provided ASH CANS or removed from the beach. Failure to do so will result in a fine.

Daily Vehicle Access Pass Required

If you are not an annual permit holder, you must purchase a daily access pass for your vehicle for the number of nights you are camping. Each day pass is valid until 10:00 am. the following day.


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