Carolina Beach State Park

The State Park has plenty of parking and about 150 feet of "beach" on the Cape Fear River for your put-in and take-out. You can paddle east to explore Snows Cut, with its high wooded bluffs and sand mounds, or south along the Cape Fear to the Carolina Beach Lagoon. The Lagoon is a secluded 1/2-mile diameter shallow bay with a sandy shore, woods, and high sand bluffs, very unusual for the area.

Difficulty Easy to Hard depending on winds & currents
Hazards Watch for boat traffic; Lagoon trip should be done around high tide because sections of the river are literally ankle deep during low tide, in which case you would have a heck of a time trying to get back to the take-out.
Time 1 - 2 hours each trip
Serenity Snows Cut has some development and the Highway 421 bridge, but has beautiful unspoiled shorelines, parts of which border the State Park. The Lagoon trip is completely wild, and most of the shoreline up to the Lagoon belongs to the State Park.
Map Car. Beach SP Map