New Park Superintendent
Crystal Lloyd is the new superintendent at Carolina Beach State Park.
Crystal Lloyd, formerly a park superintendent at Falls Lake State Recreation Area, is now the park superintendent at Carolina Beach State Park in New Hanover County. Lloyd fills the role after longtime superintendent Chris Helms retired in April.
The park superintendent leads the operations and administration at the park and has a comprehensive set of responsibilities that include staffing, training, law enforcement, planning, natural and cultural resource management, interpretation and education, and visitor services.
A native of Creedmoor, North Carolina, Lloyd has a bachelor’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from North Carolina State University. She first joined the division working as a seasonal employee at Falls Lake State Recreation in high school, continuing to work for parks during the summer, including at William B. Umstead State Park.
She became a ranger in 2012 at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, then transferred to Falls Lake in 2015, before eventually being promoted to superintendent in 2021. She also co-hosted a podcast called “Ask a Ranger” that tackled the various aspects of the division’s mission as it relates to the work of field staff.
“Crystal has a unique perspective of division operations, moving her way up from seasonal positions to park ranger and to park superintendent,” says N.C. State Parks Director Brian Strong. “We are excited to have Crystal at Carolina Beach State Park, and the years of experience she brings as a superintendent will be invaluable as she stewards the unique natural and recreational resources of the park.”
Located 12 miles south of Wilmington, Carolina Beach State Park is home to the Venus flytrap, a unique carnivorous plant.
The park is known for habitats like Sugarloaf Dune, a 50-foot dune that once served as a navigational marker for river pilots, as well as three limesink ponds that each feature a unique plant community. The park’s marina provides access to the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway, making the area popular for boaters and anglers.
For more information go to Carolina Beach State Park’s website.