Sugar Loaf is a sixty-foot-high sand dune in Carolina Beach State Park. Prior to the mid1600s, it was an area inhabited by Indians. The Europeans tried to colonize the area, but their attempts lasted only two years because of Indian hostility. The European explorer William Hilton mapped the region and named the dune Sugar Loaf because it resembled a mass of sugar. In 1725, the â€œBattle of Sugar Loafâ€ finally secured the area for the Europeans. Sugar Loaf also saw action in the Civil War because of its proximity to Fort Fisher.