Town Closes Freeman Park Due To Beach Erosion

The Town of Carolina Beach has closed Freeman Park for vehicle travel on the North End of Pleasure Island several times in recent weeks due to beach erosion limiting access to 4x4 vehicles entering the park. The Town of Carolina Beach has closed Freeman Park for vehicle travel on the North End of Pleasure Island several times in recent weeks due to beach erosion limiting access to 4x4 vehicles entering the park.

Town Closes Freeman Park Due To Beach Erosion Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 23 September 2020 03:58

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  Mother Nature giveth, and Mother Nature taketh away.
That's the case at Freeman Park on the North End of Pleasure Island. The park has long been a popular destination for 4x4 vehicle owners during the warmer summer months and during the fall fishing season. Some people simply love to soak up the sun and enjoy the surf. Others enjoy driving out into the pack in the fall to cast their fishing lines into the waves catching Drum, Flounder and many other popular species of fish.
On September 16th, and in the days that followed due to high tides reaching beyond the dune area, Freeman Park has at times temporarily closed to vehicle  travel in the park until it is considered safe.  
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive in Carolina Beach has been a popular destination for four wheel drive enthusiasts for many years.
The Town of Carolina Beach manages the area as a park and charges for vehicle access and camping permits. The cost for the 2019 annual vehicle permit is $200 per vehicle. Daily passes are $40. Daily holiday passes are $60. Camping is permitted for a charge of $30 per night and reservations are required.
The cost for the 2019 annual vehicle permit is $200 per vehicle. Daily passes are $40. Daily holiday passes are $60. Camping is permitted for a charge of $30 per night and reservations are required.
To find out whether the park is open or closed due to erosion, call the Town at 910-458-2999 or 910-458-2994.
To be clear, only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed to drive on the beach. An "all wheel drive" vehicle will end up paying an expensive towing bill when they get stuck. You either have actual four-wheel drive or you don't. If you don't, then bring a lot of cash for the Tow Truck driver.

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