A 4-part series highlighting the trails we have in and around Kure Beach. Originally published in February 2021 on the Kure Beach Recreation Department Facebook Page. Thank you to Chase Creech for the filming and editing work.
The Disc Golf Course is in Kure Beach at Joe Eakes Park. This trail begins at the back of Joe Eakes Park near the outfield of the Kure Beach baseball field. The course is a par 61 of 18 holes with longest at 500 feet Course. The entire length of the course is roughly 1.3 miles long. It is a moderately trafficked course and great for players of all skill levels. The course opened February 2011 and was designed by Michael Jones, Christopher Richards, and Wayne Porter.
This disc golf course is FREE and open to the public. The hours of play are from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. Please follow the outlined course route, be courteous to others, and keep an eye out for flying discs. Dogs are allowed if they are leashed and held by the owner. Please remember to pick up and dispose of any pet waste properly. One quick reminder, consumption of alcohol is not allowed on Kure Beach public property.
The Basin Trail (Hermit Trail) is just south of Kure Beach in Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. You get to experience it all in this simple but beautiful 1.1-mile hike (2.2 total) - the marsh, the ocean, and the river. The trail meanders through the marsh allowing you a chance to view sound-side flora and fauna and the Maritime Forest. Feel free to take your time or make it a quick trip. Be prepared to walk through a lot of sand since this trail does go along the beach. Remember dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on a leash and any waste disposed of properly.
The boardwalk is in the downtown district of Kure Beach and runs along Atlantic Ave. Its length is about a third of a mile long and offers endless views. The south end of the boardwalk runs right into the Kure Beach Pier and K Ave, where you can head into any of the Kure Beach businesses located right off the boardwalk in the downtown area and enjoy a drink and some great food.
If you want to continue to challenge yourself, head down the beach access and continue your beach hike south about 1.7 miles. There you will find one of the most unique features to Kure Beach. The Coquina Outcrop located on the southern end of Kure Beach is the only one on the NC coast! Be sure and check your tide tables and find these unique rocks at low tide. The mossy rocks will be fully exposed at the lowest tide.
Remember if you bring your dog please keep them on a leash and clean up after them properly. Always be sure and check the local beach ordinances for any regulations regarding Dogs on the beach. Kure Beach has a No Dogs on the Beach Strand ordinance in effect from April 1 – September 30.
Carolina Beach State Park offers nearly nine miles of nine different trails intertwined throughout. The Sugarloaf Trail makes up 3 miles of that. You get a beautiful feature of the Cape Fear river running along the trail throughout. You will also get to experience the coastal evergreen forest, a sandhill forest, the tidal cypress gum swamp and Longleaf Pine savannah. Your point of interest is going to be 55 feet of a natural sand dune. This dune is right on the bank of the Cape fear River and has appeared on navigational charts as early as 1738. It served as a critical landmark for boat captains during that time. There is a lot of history here and the trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.