Carolina Beach State Park — Sugarloaf Dune Trail

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

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Were the North Carolina Division of State Parks into hucksterism, they might promote Carolina Beach State Park as such: “See the man-eating plants! Climb a rare coastal mountain! Dare to go near the sinkhole ponds!” Fortunately, the state takes a more reserved approach to touting its natural attractions. But Carolina Beach does have man-eating plants. Well, carnivorous plants anyway, some of which only exist in the Wilmington region. Loosen your legs up with a jaunt on the half-mile Flytrap Trail, which departs from the southwest tip of the lot. Here, you can see these curious plants, including the bladderwort, sundew, pitcher plant, butterwort, and that favorite of 1950s sci-fi thrillers, the Venus flytrap.

Carolina Beach State Park — Sugarloaf Dune Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Were the North Carolina Division of State Parks into hucksterism, they might promote Carolina Beach State Park as such: “See the man-eating plants! Climb a rare coastal mountain! Dare to go near the sinkhole ponds!” Fortunately, the state takes a more reserved approach to touting its natural attractions. But Carolina Beach does have man-eating plants. Well, carnivorous plants anyway, some of which only exist in the Wilmington region.

Loosen your legs up with a jaunt on the half-mile Flytrap Trail, which departs from the southwest tip of the lot. Here, you can see these curious plants, including the bladderwort, sundew, pitcher plant, butterwort, and that favorite of 1950s sci-fi thrillers, the Venus flytrap."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carolina Beach
Distance: 2.8
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Driving Directions: Directions to Carolina Beach State Park — Sugarloaf Dune Trail

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May 2018