Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach
(4.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Fort Fisher State Historic Site tells the story of one of the most important fortifications of the Civil War and is the site of fierce naval and land battles. The Confederate fort, strategically placed at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, was crucial for protecting trading routes and keeping Confederate supply lines open. Capturing the fort known as the Southern Gibraltar was crucial for the Union, but it was only achieved in 1865 after two sieges. Little remains of the original earthen fort, but you can still see some of its parts and visit the restored gun batteries, archeological displays, and a monument to Confederate soldiers. Through exhibits and an audiovisual program, the visitor center provides information on the fort's history. If the weather is nice, plan to stop by the adjacent public beach for a swim. Add Fort Fisher State Historic Site to your Kure Beach travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kure Beach travel itinerary maker.
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  • Stopped here only a short time, but it was really interesting. Nice walking trail. The outdoor "exhibits" were a great idea. Quite informative. 
  • I haven't been here since I was a kid but I am glad I came back. They have a battle board with led lighting that will reenact the battle along with commentary. Very educational as well as plenty of ar...  more »
  • Still lots of history here and very well done. It's trying to be preserved but Mother Nature has taken quite a chunk of the fort away. Still can see the dunes that were built for protection and can fe...  more »