On my way north out of Kure Beach, NC I stopped by at Carolina Beach State Park, parked near the small marina and geaded off on a short 1 mile hike to Sugarloaf, an old sand dune remaining from when sea level was higher. The hike was peaceful on a mostly overcast day through past some swampy areas but the path was mostly on pine needles and white sand through vegetation of pine trees, oaks, and some bay. The path was well marked and there was an alternate trail indicated with yellow police tape. There were also a number of access roads criss crossing the trail. Sugarloaf dune rises to about 50 feet above sea level and offered a nice view of the river through the mixed forest.
The view from the base of the dune shows its shallow rise from the Cape Fear River.