Freeman Park Camping-Carolina Beach, NC

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Freeman Park, Carolina Beach, NC, 28428

  • 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. 

Open Dates: September 6 to May 26

Last Updated: 01/21/2022

Overnight Tent Camping

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.

14 Consecutive Day Limit

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

Sand Dune Fencing

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

No Drinking

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Campsite Boundaries Cannot be Changed

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

Freeman Park Rules

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

Daily 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.

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.

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Freeman Park, Carolina Beach, NC, 28428
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Freeman Park is open 24 hours a day so vehicle traffic is possible at all hours.   

Overall Rating: 3.9

Victoria Mazyck

Had a great experience. The people were nice. DEFLATE YOUR TIRES!! there are gas stations close to reup on air. It was my first time driving on sand that dry and thick and I forgot to turn my traction control off and got stuck, but the locals got us out and we fished along side them. They deflated my tires to 20PSI for me and we floated across the sand after that with no issues. It was a clean beach and the portable potties were clean and maintained. No trash and lots of friendly furry pups for the kids to pet and play with. We camped for 3 days and 2 nights. So much fun to enjoy the bright stars and fish our hearts out at night. We will definitely be back!!

Cant Getright

Campsite was mostly clean except previous renter left fire Charcoal in sand causing soot all over our feet and shoes.

The Wanderer

Amazing experience, (Bucket list item)! :) Given inherent limitations, I thought it was great! The sites were actually larger than they sound online. Such an experience to fall asleep to crashing waves and wake to the same. I would encourage everyone coming to become educated about beach weather and TIDES!! Very high tides when I was here, (up to the dunes at King Tide)… I read up on the weather and the projected tides and thus had a great time! I did have to evac the campsite prior to checkout due to the tide, but just watched it roll in from a safe location. 👍👍😁

Estela Flores


Campground Response

Glad you enjoyed!

Regina Ross

Best beach camp site anywhere! So thankful to have a beautiful and convenient place like this close by. Truly a rarity. Every night we are under the stars, with the waves crashing, we are so grateful to be able to camp here. Always memorable and highly recommended. Lots of people complain about noise, but we came prepared this year! Ear plugs and eye masks did the trick. Thankfully all of our neighbors were chill this time and we didn't need the ear plugs. Wait until after mid Oct and your experience will be 5 stars too!

Campground Response

Regina-so glad to hear about your wonderful experience! And the ear plug/eye mask idea is perfect!

Steve Davidson

The beach and area were nice and the weather was beautiful while we were there. However, the people in the site next to ours were very loud and there was a lot of late night partying going on. People driving in and out all night long and yelling outside of our tent at 4:30am, made for a sleepless night for me, my husband, and our 9 year old son. Only saw a patrol once while we were there.

Campground Response

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 Johnson


Campground Response

Traci-glad to hear you had a "perfect" time. Hope you can visit again soon!

Melissa Chahoc

Overall it was a great time camping at Freeman Par! I used to live at CB and had never been camping out there before. I do wish that there was something about having a firepit or fire ring. We had to use our little weber grill because you can't burn wood in the sand anymore. I totally understand why but wish we would have known prior to going.

Campground Response

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 Helms

We had a great time at Freeman Park. The large campsites were great and I love going to sleep with the sound of crashing waves. I almost gave it less stars simply because of the potra potties. They were nasty even though they were cleaned every morning. The town may want to consider cleaning them multiple times a day when the park is busy.

Campground Response

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 Cantrell

Sites are large. Porta johns or cleaned every morning but get gross quickly. We slept good but I believe it’s over priced for a place to pitch a tent.

Campground Response

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!


Dont plan on sleeping if you go.. The campsite was pretty large and the view was beautiful. Portojohns were disgusting, but this is camping. Very very very loud at night. People were partying and playing music in multiple campsites all night. More than 10 people set up opposite the campsites camping for free and being loud. There is no patrol after the park office is closed

Campground Response

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.

Dona Phillips

People set up full tents on the ocean side at dark and were there still in the morning long after 8. We are out there all the time and it just seems unfair that it’s not being checked.

Campground Response

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 Bahn

It gets 3 stars because it is one of only a few areas in NC where camping and fires on the beach are allowed, and where 4x4s can drive on the beach. However, it is not awesomely maintained, people can sneak in at night without paying for camping, and headlights and constant traffic (yes, traffic) on the very narrow driving area do not allow for a restful or quiet environment. It's like a big parking lot tailgate party, only it's on a beach.

Campground Response

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 White

Enjoyed our stay for the most part. Camping space was different than in the past, which puts you much closer to the passing traffic. The beach shrinking and changing with the tides isn't helping that. Neighbors to either side were quiet for the most part. Police did patrol through which is nice, except they asked us to take down one tent as it was deemed a bathroom. Some setups out there look like mini "houses".

Campground Response

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.

Dona Phillips

Wondering why we have to pay for camping when others were tent camping on ocean side. We camped 2 nights. When did this all change??

Campground Response

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 C

We love the beach and it’s a cool spot to bring your 4WD vehicle. Do not recommend going during the summer/through September. Crazy busy and wildly expensive. $50 to pay for a campsite and then an additional $40 daily to get on the beach.. go in October when it only costs $20 to get on the beach (which $70 for camping for 1 night is kind of expensive IMO). Dogs are allowed off leash after 10/1 too! We went Sept 25 and while it was loud until about 11pm we didn’t mind. However, we did not appreciate someone rolling up to the campsite next to us at 1:15am and proceeded to set up camp loudly (opening/closing doors every 2 minutes, car alarm going off). If you want to get a good night’s sleep, you either need to get blackout drunk or go when it is colder and less likely to be busy (late October). I’m sure we’ll go back because it really is a great beach to relax. Not many beaches you can drive on and set up camp at! Oh, and the port-a-Johns are gross as hell. But what do you expect at a beach *shoulder shrug*

Campground Response

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 Connelly

Beach is beautiful, but traffic in and out all night long. Loud music until 2AM; 11PM quiet hour is merely a suggestion, not enforced. Loud music like being in a night club - not just someone playing mellow tunes at their site.

Campground Response

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 Hayes

I paid $50 for a spot overnight because the website says overnight camping ONLY allows in designated area. There were lots is trucks still parked out overnight on the beach not in a camping spot and therefore camping for free. Having to pay an additional $40 for daily access made it a steep night of camping.

Campground Response

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 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!