Freeman Park Camping-Carolina Beach, NC will be alerted immediately and will approve your reservation after checking availability.
Open Dates: September 6 to May 26
Overnight Tent Camping is allowed on Labor Day through the Thursday before Memorial Day. Tent Camping and 4 wheel drive vehicles only. We are not suited for RVs. You will get stuck! Visitors and campers driving 4-wheel drive vehicles must have a valid Freeman Park access pass at all times to enter the park (add it to your reservation to ensure that you are covered!)
You must have at least a day pass in addition to your camping reservation if you are not an annual permit holder. Day passes are valid at 12pm on your check-in date to 10 AM on your checkout date
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•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.
Fireworks are not permitted at any time.
Camping or sleeping in a vehicle or tent for more than fourteen (14) consecutive days is not allowed.
No vehicles or equipment may be stationed within ten (10) feet of the sand dune fencing.
It is illegal to possess spirituous liquor and or fortified wine per NC General Statute 18B-301.
All vehicles, campfires, and camping equipment must remain within the bounds of the campsite at all times and must not block the travel lane.
Glass containers are strictly prohibited.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a courtesy to other campers, please observe the campground quiet hours. Quiet hours are from 11:00 pm until 7:00 am.
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.
Do not attempt to remove or adjust the campsite boundaries markers for any reason.
All Freeman Park Policies apply while camping. Please see our website for further details.
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.
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.
Freeman Park is open 24 hours a day so vehicle traffic is possible at all hours.
Glad you enjoyed!
Regina-so glad to hear about your wonderful experience! And the ear plug/eye mask idea is perfect!
Steve-glad you enjoyed the beach and beautiful weather this weekend. Sorry to hear about your loud neighbors. Also, because the park is open 24 hrs/day, trucks (some louder than others) do enter and exit at all hours, especially on weekends. Hope you will come back and visit again soon!
Traci-glad to hear you had a "perfect" time. Hope you can visit again soon!
Melissa-glad to hear you had a great time camping in Freeman Park. The rules for fires are posted on both our website and the reservation site, and I'm sorry you did not see them. It's good that you took your grill with you to use instead. Hope you'll visit again soon!
Crystal-glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. I have forwarded your suggestion to our Public Utilities Director for consideration. Hope you can come back soon and camp with us again!
James-we're glad you could visit Carolina Beach/Freeman Park. I have forwarded your concern about the porta-johns to our Public Utilities Director. The prices for overnight camping are set each year and monies collected are used for operations and maintenance of the park-there are few locations like Freeman Park to camp ocean front in our area. Hope you camp again with us soon!
Aaron-sorry to take so long to respond to your comments. I've forwarded your concerns about porta-johns to our Public Utilities Director. Also, I am sending a copy of your comments to our police department for review and to make sure patrols are done on a regular basis. Thank you for visiting and we hope you will come again.
Unfortunately there will always be people that do not follow the rules. We do have a police officer that regularly patrols the area and they usually will stop and speak with anyone with a tent oceanside and make them either get a site or leave. If you can provide the dates you camped, I'll forward the info to our chief of police to make sure enforcement is being carried out.
Lyndsay, thanks for the review. About people sneaking in...there will always be rule breakers. We do have a police officer that visits the park during the day/night to help enforce the rules. Also, about the traffic, there are a lot of locals that like to fish late night/early morning so there's always the possibility of hearing truck engines and seeing headlights. Weeknights are less busy and I hope you will consider visiting us again.
Gene-thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your stay. Unfortunately, mother nature has pushed the dunes forward and eroded the beach making the sites and driving area smaller than it has been.
Hi Dona. We started charging for overnight camping in summer 2015-fees collected help maintain Freeman Park. Also, to legally camp overnight, visitors should reserve a spot and pay. Some people do come out and fish overnight, but they aren't supposed to be sleeping or camping. I'm glad you were able to visit and hope you enjoyed your stay.
Jill-thanks for visiting Freeman Park. You are correct about it being busier in September. Also, because the park is open 24 hours a day, there may always be late check-ins or people coming to fish in the wee hours. The fees we collect are used to help operate and maintain the area, and the costs do go down 10/1. Hope you will visit us again soon!
Robin, sorry you had a bad experience. We do have officers that patrol Freeman Park when possible, but they may not have been around when this happened. I hope you will come back soon and if it happens again, please call 911 and an officer will be dispatched to handle the problem. Regarding the traffic...the park is open 24 hours a day and many locals come out late at night to fish; 4-wheel drive vehicles are often louder and may be noisy to those trying to rest. Please consider visiting on week nights when we are less busy. Thanks!
Elizabeth, thanks for letting us know about this. The park is open 24 hours, and many locals come and fish overnight. If anyone was "camping" and did not do so in a designated spot, they were breaking the rules. I'll forward your info to our police officers in charge of monitoring Freeman Park. Regarding the vehicle access price...it is higher on the weekends. Since there are only 21 camping spots, weekends fill up faster and our cost for maintenance increases. Maybe you can visit during the week sometime in October when the daily pass rate is only $20 M-Sun. Thanks!