Freeman Park, or the "North End", is a beautiful stretch of beach where it's possible to drive your 4 wheeled vehicle right onto the sand to enjoy a day of fun in the sun, or even camp overnight. There's nothing quite like watching the moon rise over the ocean at the end of a day filled with swimming, surfing, fishing, searching for shells, and building sand castles...and then falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing.
In order to keep this special place a safe and enjoyable destination for all visitors, that will be here long into the future there are some changes being put into place for the 2015 season.
Freeman Park Camping
One of these changes is that permits are now required for overnight camping from April 1 - September 30. These permits enable you to reserve a designated campsite, for a fee of $10 per night. Campers must also have a Freeman Park Access Pass in order to enter the park, and camping reservations cannot exceed a 14 day stay.
Permits will be available on a first come first serve basis and are limited to the 118 available campsites. If you want to camp on a summer weekend when the North End tends to be busy it's recommended that you reserve your site in advance.
Freeman Park Access PassesThe rate structure for North End passes has also changed for this year.
Daily Passes - $30.00
Daily Holiday Passes - $50.00
(This higher rate is in effect when Freeman Park traditionally sees the greatest number of visitors: Easter Weekend 4/3 - 4/6, Memorial Day Weekend 5/22 - 5/25, Fourth of July Weekend 7/3 - 7/6, and Labor Day Weekend 9/4 - 9/7.)
Annual Permit - $150.00
Passes can be purchase online or at the following locations:
Island True Value Tackle & Hardware - 801 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach 910-458-3049
Scotchman (Canal Drive Location) - 354 Canal Dr, Carolina Beach
Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office - 1204 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach 910-458-4614
Carolina Beach Town Hall, Billing Dept - 1121 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach 910-458-2999
Camping Permits, Access Passes, and detailed information available here: http://freeman.spplusparking.com/