Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Kure Beach

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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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  • Fort Fisher is an old civil war fort right at the mouth of the Cape Fear river. The grounds and scenery are wonderful. River and marshes to the west and the Atlantic to the east. The walking trails ar...  more »
  • We didn't much touring of the fort itself, but we did walk along the shore and generally strolled while we were leaving the aquarium. The location is immediately adjacent to the aquarium and the admis...  more »
  • I've visited Fort Fisher a couple of times since moving to North Carolina. Unfortunately, both of those times were on Sundays, when the museum and visitors center were closed. (I hope that NC historic...  more »