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Why is there no electricity for ill and disabled campers at Carolina Beach State Park?

Jim Ware

Q. I love to camp but I can’t go camping at Carolina Beach State Park. There is no power. I have a c-paps that i need to plug in to and I’m disabled. Why can’t they have power on the campgrounds?

A.This answer comes from Chris Helms, superintendent of Carolina Beach State Park:

Across our state park system, full hook-up campgrounds tend to be the exception rather than the rule, but this is slowly changing as our division is constantly identifying ways to improve existing facilities, as funding is available. The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, or PARTF, is dedicated funding that goes toward such projects on the state and municipal level. Current North Carolina State Parks w/ full hook-up campgrounds include: Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, Kerr Lake, Stone Mountain and Medoc Mountain.

Each park has a general management plan, or GMP. These plans provide a thorough and logical approach to planning and are scheduled for update every five to 10 years. The most recent Carolina Beach State Park GMP, from 2007, calls for campground improvements including the addition of water and power at individual sites in one of our loops to better accommodate RV and Travel Trailer campers. While funding of this large capital improvement project has not been realized in these most recent, tight budget years; the park has been able to upgrade accessibility, ventilation and the overall appearance in our campground wash-houses during the past year.

Finally, generators are allowed for use by campers, except during the quiet hours of11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Exceptions may be made for campers with disabilities or accessibility needs on a case-by-case basis. Campers should inquire with park staff about this at check-in.

Click here for the breakdown of activities, including camping at Carolina Beach.


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Chris Helms, Superintendent

Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Rd.

Carolina Beach, NC

(910) 458-8206


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2 Responses to “ Why is there no electricity for ill and disabled campers at Carolina Beach State Park?”

  1. On December 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm Duane Douglass wrote:

    Most of the newer c-pap machines can be powered from a 12 volt source with an accessory power cable. Check the instruction manual to see if this is possible. If the machine is 110 volt only, an inexpensive power inverter should do the trick. It’ll convert a vehicle’s 12 volt power to 110 volts.

  2. On January 1, 2013 at 11:39 am Jamie wrote:

    Not sure why the Carolina Beach park official didn’t mention the fact their lone handicapped site (#37) has a power outlet.

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