2020 Freeman Park annual permits are now on sale.  Purchases in person made be made at the following locations 

                     Carolina Beach Town Hall
                     1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.

                     Carolina Beach Parking Office
                     1708 Canal Dr.

                     Island Tackle
                     801 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Purchases made in person between December 9, 2019 - January 31, 2020 will be eligible for the discount price of $100.  All online purchases will be charged the full price of $200.

Effective January 1, 2020, the following changes will take effect related to overnight camping in Freeman Park:

  • Overnight camping will only be allowed Labor Day through the Thursday before Memorial Day. No overnight camping be allowed the Friday before Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day.
  • Overnight camping will only be allowed in designated, reserved camp sites.
  • Overnight camping will cost $50 per night


Unfortunately, the effects of tides and erosion still exist, and the northern areas of Freeman Park remain closed to all vehicular traffic. Intermittent closures could still be possible based on limited beach area and level of patron use.  Public safety staff will perform assessments regularly to determine when additional sections of the park can safely be opened, or if additional closures are required. 

Also, until further notice, the following limitations have been set:
1.  Camping will be limited to designated spaces south of the closure area. 
2.  No vehicles are allowed past marked closures. Anyone driving past a designated closure will be issued a citation. Visitors of the park may still walk past closure points.
3.  No vehicle shall operate or park in the tidal zone (wet sand area).
4.  Intermittent closures are anticipated to occur due to limited beach area and level of patron use.
6.  Pending increased tidal surges, access to Freeman Park may result in additional restrictions and closures.
For the latest updates on Freeman Park entrance restrictions, please visit the Town of Carolina Beach Facebook page or web site.



Every 4x4 vehicle entering Freeman Park shall be obligated to obtain an access pass.  Any person wishing to camp overnight within Freeman Park between Labor Day and the Thursday before Memorial Day will be required to obtain an additional campsite reservation permit.  Please click for information about camping at Freeman Park.

Access passes are required year round and must be displayed 24 hours a day.

There are two types of access passes available: daily access passes and annual permits.

Daily Passes 
Daily Passes are sold at the entrance of Freeman Park through a 24 hour a day pay station.  The pay station accepts CASH and CREDIT CARDS.  During peak hours an attendant is available to assist with the machine.  To save time when entering the park daily passes are also available for pre-purchase online at:

Daily access pass costs are as follows (effective January 1, 2020):


  • April 1 - September 30, Mon-Fri, $30 per day
  • April 1 – September 30, Sat-Sun, $40 per day
  • October 1 – March 31, Mon-Sun, $20 per day

Daily passes are valid until 10:00 am the following day.  Daily passes should be securely displayed on the vehicles dashboard.  Daily passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.  

Annual Permits - $200.00 
Annual Permits are valid from January 1st through December 31st.  Annual Permits are not available for purchase at the Park’s entrance.  Permits are available for purchase at these locations:

Island True Value Tackle & Hardware
801 N Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-3049

Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office
1708 Canal Dr. Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-4614

Carolina Beach Town Hall - Billing Department
1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428
(910) 458-2999

EARLY BIRD ANNUAL PERMIT PURCHASES-Annual Permits purchases made in person December 9, 2019 through January 31, 2020 qualify for a special $100.00 + transaction fees “Early Bird” rate.  Permits purchased during the “Early Bird” period are valid from the day of purchase.

Annual Permits may also be purchased online,, at any time for the full price of  $200 price + transaction fees.  All annual permit purchases must be picked up in person at the Parking Office-they will no longer be mailed. . NOTE: Paper receipt from online purchase is not valid at the gate and will not grant entry into Freeman Park. For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Town of Carolina Beach Parking office at 910-458-4614.

Annual Permit purchases are NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason including but not limited to loss, theft, or park closure. 
Permits are issued to the vehicle, not the operator, and must be permanently affixed to the vehicle’s windshield or they will be considered invalid.  Annual Permit purchasers will be responsible for the full purchase price of a new permit if the permit or vehicle is lost, stolen, or damaged. 

In the event a vehicle is sold or a windshield is replaced a new permit may be issued when the permit holder brings the original permit to the Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office.  The Annual Permit is designed for a single placement and will destruct upon removal.  You must scrape the original permit off and present all pieces, regardless of condition at the Town of Carolina Parking Office to be eligible to receive a replacement. 

Please contact the Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office at 910-458-4614 if you have any questions or need any additional information.   

The Town of Carolina Beach Parking Office
1204 N. Lake Park Blvd. Suite D
Carolina Beach, NC 28428