Starting around 1929, Snow's Cut began as a part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Much later it became a park under New Hanover County Parks & Gardens. Much of the park has eroded (many believe) by the wakes from boats traveling through the man-made channel coupled with the strong tidal currents that rip through the waterway — coming from both Carolina Beach Inlet and the Cape Fear River. It is estimated that Snow's Cut erodes around 0.7 acres (or 10,000 cubic yards) per year --- according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a study done in 2000.
Most of the area is fenced off (and signs stating do not go further), blocking the way to the actual Intracoastal Waterway due to the erosion. Several paths though 'have been made', to explore the lower water area.
County Parks Director Jim McDaniel said there’s no imminent danger of any of the park’s picnic areas or other facilities falling into the water, and the fences haven’t had to be pulled back in several years.
*** Note: There are two entrances to Snow Cuts Park - the one right under the bridge (not much there but open space and one picnic shelter) or just down the road is the much larger area with more walking, playgrounds, restrooms, and many more picnic areas.
Hours of Operation: Sunup-Dusk
- 3 Picnic Shelters
- 13 Picnic Tables
- Dog Poop Bags
- Playground (Swing Area and Plastic Climbing Area)
- Saltwater fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway (Valid NC Fishing License is required)
'JOLLY' RUFUS BARKING REVIEW:
My human took me to a nice little area today. It was heavily shaded with trees and nice little walk up and down a pretty area overlooking a waterway (though a small wooden fence blocked us from going to the waterway --- see below). There were plenty of places for humans to bring (and share with me!!!) food. One area had some weird looking plastic things that little humans (I like them cus they play with me the best!) like to climb on, but my human seemed to think something was missing. He muttered something about nothing to 'slide down' upon? The only sliding I like is 'sliding my butt' on the nicely vacuumed carpet --- I get such an astonished look from my human when I do this - woof woof!
Being the inquisitive mutt that I am, I 'pulled' my human down an eroding dirt slope (about 15 feet tall) that I spotted just beyond the little fence. As he was 'forcefully' being pulled, my human stated, 'Rufus, maybe we shouldn't go here --- signs say not to'. I think he may be right, and no one should (since sign says not to) -- BIG DOGGIE DISCLAIMER JUST STATED!!!!!. But anyways... Down the slope we slided, and there was a sandy path leading along the water! It wasn't wide at all but the coolness of the sand and the sound of the waves entranced me. We had to step over, and even crawl over at one point, several down logs and trees along the sandy path, but it was such an adventure! We even saw other footprints in the sand (so we weren't the first) along the waterway. Going back up another different sandy slope was easy for me (I have four-legged drive), but my human slipped and slided a couple times ---- now it was MY turn to give my human an astonished look as he 'slided on his butt' - woof woof!
9420 River Rd., Wilmington, NC, 28412